Hemel Hempstead’s skate park is to be closed from today in order to extend the free sporting amenity.
Dacorum Borough Council contractors Freestyle Skateparks are to begin a two-part series of work to add to the existing structure in the town’s Gadebridge Park.
Phase one of the plans has begun today and is scheduled to be completed and reopened by the end of July or early August.
The second phase will see the skate park enlarged and is due to be finished by the end of next month.
Neighbourhood action team leader Joe Guiton said: “The Gadebridge skatepark is being extended to make it a fantastic facility for the young people of Hemel Hempstead.
“The work will begin today and be carried out in two phases to minimise the period of closure.
“Phase one will be the first part of a street plaza design which will be added to the side of existing facilities. During this time there will be a few weeks when the skatepark is closed but we are trying to minimise disruption as much as possible for the summer holidays and so will reopen the park during phase two of the work which will continue throughout August.
“We apologise for the short closure of the existing facility but when completed it will be a fantastic facility for young people.”
The council has worked with members of the Hemel Skate Park Group on the project, who have been instrumental in the scheme’s design.