£20k grant for park approved

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PLANS to regenerate the Skirbeck Road Skate Park have been ramped up after winning council funding.

The Boston Town Area Committee (BTAC) approved almost £20,000 towards the project.

The committee originally delayed paying the full amount while the borough council’s parks department developed plans to find the best value way to revamp the park and make it a facility for the whole town.

At a meeting on Wednesday however, following a report by council officer Matt Fisher, it was unanimously decided to give £19,799 to the project.

It means plans to install graffiti boards, provide modern skate ramps and facilities, install eco-lighting to enable early evening use and redecorate the railings and safety fence around the area can now go ahead.

Mr Fisher, principal officer (street scene) explained the council had secured substantial support and funding from local organisations.

He said: “There is a strong community will to improve this area.

“We will make sure the work is carried out and delivered successfully.

“The additional equipment and seats will be inspected and maintained.”

Art students from Boston College will be decorating the ramps as part of their work and members of the public will also be invited to help on Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28.

There will be a professional graffiti artist attending the site on April 25 and 28.

Support has also come from the Street Smart Fund, the Skirbeck Road Co-op, the Police Community Fund, Little Acorns Day Nursery and WREN, with more grants applied for.

Users of the park are also fundraising themselves, holding events such as bag packs at ASDA.

Concerns were raised about the artwork and it was suggested that only those who will use the park be allowed to do the art to make the project more personal.

The council will now help manage the improvements and may consider installing further equipment when money is available.

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