Isle of Man News - POSTED Thu 04-10-2018

£50,000 boost for new skate park

by TH

£50,000 boost for new skate park

£50,000 has been donated to help fund a state-of-the-art outdoor skate park in the south of the Island.

The money has come from the Manx Lottery Trust and will be used to replace the existing run-down facility in Poulsom Park in Castletown.

An inclusive riding park has been designed for skateboarders and BMX riders as well as specially deigned wheelchairs.

Castletown Commissioner Jimmy Cubbon said: “In comparison to other parts of the Island, Castletown and the south have a lack of quality outdoor recreational and leisure facilities for young people, outside of the mainstream sports facilities such as AstroTurf and the swimming pool.

"It needs free-to-use, safe and accessible play areas, which is why we are so grateful to Manx Lottery Trust for its support of this project.

"The arrival of the new facility will benefit the south of the Island enormously and provide young people with the opportunity to be active and social, improving the physical and mental wellbeing of our community.

"Braddan and Ramsey Skate Parks have proved very successful so we are really excited to get this project up and running."

Chairman of the Manx Lottery Trust Sarah Kelly said: "The current facility in Poulsom Park is old and almost obsolete, so the need for something new was quite clear.

"We are sure that the facility will be of great benefit to the local community and look forward to seeing the finished product.”

The regeneration of Poulsom Park is supported by the Isle of Man Constabulary, Manx Sport and Recreation and Department of Education, Sport and Culture.

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