A new skate park in Holbeck opened its gates to excited local youngsters on Friday after being re-located from its original location.
Holbeck Skatepark, which was officially opened to the public by local councillor, David Congreve on Friday morning, has been relocated to Holbeck Moor from the South Leeds Sports Centre site following its closure nearly two years ago year leaving the area unsuitable for such a facility.
The relocation and re-designing of the skate park has been undertaken by the council’s Parks team following funding from section 106 money – cash generated from conditions attached to planning consent – and from Positive Action for Youth. South Leeds Life was present at the opening alongside members of the community. Tea and cakes were enjoyed at St Matthew’s Community Centre.
Cllr Congreve said he hoped the new park will be well-received by local youngsters in its new home in the heart of Holbeck. He said:
“After the sad closure of the sports centre, the area was unfortunately far from an ideal location for youngsters to be playing as there was not much else around. I am delighted with the decision to move the facility to Holbeck Moor which is a much more appropriate environment for youngsters to play.
“The re-location will make the facility much more accessible for local youngsters and consultations we held with the local community clearly demonstrated a desire to have a skate park in this location.
“This kind of recreation facility is really important for the local community, providing a safe and secure environment in which young people can have fun, meet friends and keep active.”