The first phase of Hemel Hempstead’s newly extended free skate park reopens today.
Dacorum Borough Council contractors Freestyle Skateparks are undertaking a two-part series of work to add to the existing structure in the town’s Gadebridge Park.
The skate park was closed for the first phase of extension work to improve the park for skateboards, BMXs and scooters.
New ‘street style’ features which would normally be found in a town centre – such as steps and rails – are included in the new design.
The second phase of work will see the skate park enlarged and is due to be finished by the end of August.
Neighbourhood action team leader Joe Guitonsaid: “Thank you to everyone for your patience while the skatepark has been closed.
“Gadebridge skatepark is being extended to make it a fantastic facility for the young people of Hemel Hempstead.
“We have been working with the Hemel Skate Park Group who have been instrumental in the design of the new skate park.
“We’re doing the work in two phases to minimise the period of closure. Phase one, opening this weekend, is the first part of a street plaza design which will be added to the side of the existing facilities.
“We are trying to minimise disruption as much as possible for the summer holidays and so the park will be open while we complete the second phase the work from Monday for around three weeks.”
The extension is being funded by Dacorum Borough Council.
For the latest from the skate park group visit www.facebook.com/groups/HemelSkateparkGroup