Kirton gets its skates on for new facility

Pictured at the opening of the park. The line-up includes, Polly Storr of Chestnut Homes, Gordon Gray, community group, Coun Lynne Fossitt, parish group, Coun Alan Lee, Ian Turner, chairman of parish council, Pcso Jarrad Corssen-Davies, Coun Claire Rylott and John Stanley, community group.
Pictured at the opening of the park. The line-up includes, Polly Storr of Chestnut Homes, Gordon Gray, community group, Coun Lynne Fossitt, parish group, Coun Alan Lee, Ian Turner, chairman of parish council, Pcso Jarrad Corssen-Davies, Coun Claire Rylott and John Stanley, community group.

A new skate park has finally opened in Kirton after plans were set-back last year by a spate of vandalism and arson.

Residents and parish councillors worked together on the project for the Dame Sarah Swift playing field - with the £35,000 facility now in place.

It was officially opened by the park committee and supporters last weekend.

“The facilities are being used now by all the youngsters,” Ian Turner, chairman of Kirton Parish Council told The Standard.

“There haven’t been any more problems with vandalism - but our only concerns now are the incredible amount of litter the young people are leaving on the site.”

The committee has plans to further develop the park with a BMX track at the far end, but Coun Turner said: “This is on hold at the moment until the young people learn to be a bit more responsible.”

He added: “The park is now a great area for young people and a pleasant area for all residents. Local police have been very good at combating some of the issues we have head there in the past.”

The skate park was designed by the young people of the village. It was funded through grants from WREN, the parish council, Chestnut Homes, Costcutter, Linolnshire Co-op, Lincolnshire Community Wildlife Fund, Exotic Farm Produce, Boston Mayflower, British Gas, KMB architects, Kirton Youth Club and the Friday Group of volunteers
In October last year, The Standard reported on how the Dame Sarah Swift park had been hit by vandals - with someone setting fire to the wooden children’s play equipment.