£112,000 skate park inspired by late Leeds skater to open in Leeds

Councillors join skaters at the new skatepark at Rothwell's Springhead Park.

Councillors join skaters at the new skatepark at Rothwell's Springhead Park.

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A community skate park, created in memory of a late Leeds skater, is set to open after months of fundraising.

Plans for the new £112,000 facility at Springhead Park, Rothwell, were sparked by the 8010 Association inspired by Daniel Parrinder, who died in a car accident in 2014.

Daniel Parrinder who died in a car accident in 2014.

Daniel Parrinder who died in a car accident in 2014.

Grant funding and Section 106 funds from housing developers helped to make the park a reality in place of existing ramps deemed “dangerous” when wet. It will open on Saturday April 16.

The new design features a 1.4-metre quarter pipe, flat bank hip, Miami bank, pump bump and down hubba suitable for skateboarders, rollerskaters, in-line skaters, BMX riders and scooter riders.

Debbie Richardson, from the 8010 Association, said: “I’m so proud of our local young skaters who sought support from local councillors to spearhead this project.

“They initiated a successful campaign to have the new purpose built skate park created in memory of their close friend Daniel Parrinder – an inspirational local skater.

“The new skate park offers a wealth of exciting challenges where young people can meet, socialise and use their creative energy to promote healthy physical exercise.”

The 8010 Association-led campaign was supported by the Groundwork charity, Leeds City Council, ward councillors and The Works charity.

Jon Crossley, capital programme coordinator at Groundwork, said: “This has been a great project to be involved in. We do a lot of work around creating better places and this project is transforming an ineffective and under-used skate park into one that many young people from Rothwell and neighbouring communities will come to use.”

Coun David Nagle (Lab, Rothwell) added: “It is a tribute to all of those who have put so much work in to get to this point and I am particularly pleased that young people have been involved from the very start.

“This new skate park will be a great addition to Springhead Park.”

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