Residents of Grenoside are gearing up for the opening of the area’s first skate and scoot park this Saturday.
The newly refurbished park will offer something for the whole community with a playground and a bowling green, but the main attraction for many will be the new asphalted tracks and sports ramps – all likely to prove a big hit with skaters and bike riders!
The Grenoside Skate and Scoot Park is to officially open on Saturday 15th September and former Mountain Bike World Champion Steve Peat will be there to cut the ribbon!
Nicknamed “Sheffield Steel” Steve Peat hails from Chapeltown and has previously commented on how important skate parks can be for local communities and encouraging youngsters to take up sporting activities.
The majority of the funding was sourced by the “Friends of Grenoside Park” and Sheffield City Council. Working in this way this partnership secured £60,000, including a successful application for £28,000 from Sports England.
Local councillors for West Ecclesfield also put forward £10,000 from the “neighbourhood pot” to ensure the project’s success.
Labour and West Ecclesfield Councillor Adam Hurst was instrumental in securing the skate park in Grenoside, following on from the success he and his Labour colleagues had in securing a skate park in High Green, and commented:
“I am delighted that on Saturday we will be unveiling this tremendous skate park!
“It has been hard work getting to this point and Friends of Grenoside Park have done an amazing job. I am really pleased that Sheffield City Council was so supportive to our requests and I think we have got something really special for the area.
“People from all around the area have been asking for this and I am thrilled with what we have put together. The skate park should also help encourage more youngsters into cycling and skating, and taking up sporting activities in the area”.
Saturday’s official opening will also see free skating lessons provided by The House Skate School and a skate park skills demonstration. The event will run all afternoon and is welcome to all, young and old, and begins with the ribbon cutting to officially open the park at 12.30 pm.