Mablethorpe skaters’ plans to expand park prove no pipe dream

Mablethorpe skaters celebrate the news of the �3,000 grant which they hope will go towards improvement of the town's skate park.
Mablethorpe skaters celebrate the news of the �3,000 grant which they hope will go towards improvement of the town's skate park.

A GRANT worth £3,000 aims to light the way to even better facilities for users of Mablethorpe’s skate park thanks to the work of a local young entrepreneur.

Keen skater Joel Bowness, 17, took it upon himself to apply through the Millennium Unlimited scheme for the grant which was confirmed last week.

The money will be put towards a brand new half-pipe ramp as well as grid rail and, permission allowing, floodlights for the seafront facility.

The skaters don’t plan to stop there, with hopes for a shelter and more ramps if other grant applications are successful.

The skate park was launched back in May 2008 after a long fight led by local resident Margaret Codling, who became the Chairman of the Mablethorpe Skate Committee.

It was initially funded by a £35,000 injection by East Lindsey District Council who were keen to back the project and promote ‘youth engagement’.

Margaret said: “This grant is great news for the skaters and for Mablethorpe as a whole.

“There’s nothing else for these kids, they don’t want to play football or cricket.

“The floodlights will be a great addition, it’ll mean the skate park can be used at night and it’ll be a safer environment for everyone who uses it.

“We’re hoping to expand but haven’t yet got permission to move further down, maybe if we get the youth shelter I’ll retire!”

Engineering student at Grimsby College Joel put himself forward to front the bid and the skaters have since funded trips to other skate parks to find inspiration for their own.

His mum Kelly Bowness said: “I’m really proud of how they’ve gone about it, they all have ideas for expansion.

“The skate park really is a fantastic facility, it keeps them out of trouble and it means parents know where they are and what they’re doing.

“Now the plan is to push for more lottery funding so they can hopefully keep improving the skate park.”

Do you use the skate park? How much of a boost will the grant be? Email your views to sam.kinnaird@jpress.co.uk.