King George V Playing Fields Skatepark

After going through a refurbishment and reopening in April, the King George V Skatepark has been popular with enthusiastic skaters.

Skaters at the KGV new skatepark

The new and improved skatepark officially opened after the lockdown restrictions eased in April this year. All the existing metal structures were removed and replaced with concrete ramps, and street-style features which were requested by the local skate community during a consultation. The new design has created a free-flow area for skaters to enjoy. The new features include a manual pad, rail, mini pump track and a ledge square. 

The refurbishment cost £100,000 and was part-funded by Sport England through their community asset grant. We received £35,000 from them in total, £37,000 was used from section 106 funds, and the rest was supported by us.

Since the park reopened, it has been used by many in the community and has also encouraged skaters from outside the borough to come and visit. We have received great feedback from the local skate community and are pleased to be able to support their skating by giving them a space to practise and learn. 

During the summer holidays, we were able to offer free sessions to young people aged 5+ which aimed to teach them everything they needed to get them started on their skateboards. We offered 10, two-hour sessions which were delivered by qualified coaches from ABC Skateboarding. We hope to deliver more sessions next spring.

If you would like a new hobby or to improve your skating skills, you can find out more information on skateboarding lessons in the borough. If you have any questions, contact sport@welhat.gov.uk