Ready to roll at new Leeds skate park

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YOUNG people can look forward to some flipping fantastic times following the opening of a new skate park in Kippax.

The facility, which features ramps, runs, grind rails, steps and kerbs, is situated on Kippax Common playing fields and access is available via Green Lane or Green Avenue.

The £150,000-plus skate park project has been led by Kippax Parish Council in partnership with the Groundwork Leeds environmental charity and Leeds City Council’s parks and countryside department.

Funding for the facility – which is intended for use by BMXers and scooter riders as well as skateboarders – has come from sources including Veolia Environmental Trust, Tesco Bags of Help and the city council’s outer east area committee.

Local youngsters have been involved throughout the design process and it is hoped they will now play their part in helping to keep the skate park clean and litter free. Parish council chairman Coun Doug Morley told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “After many years of waiting, the parish council feels that this facility will provide young people living in and around the area with a top rated facility to use and enjoy all the year round.

“It has taken a lot of hard work behind the scenes to achieve this goal and the parish council wishes to thank all involved for their efforts.”

The skate park’s opening ceremony will take place at 1pm this Saturday, with the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Jane Dowson, doing the honours. Fun attractions including bouncy castles and zorb balls will also be on offer at the site from midday to 5pm.

Other recent projects spearheaded by Kippax Parish Council have included the clean-up of the area’s war memorial.