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NEWS RELEASE Ware Skatepark Official Opening

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Ware Town Council 06/04/2022

Ware Skatepark Official Opening

It’s official! Ware Skatepark is now well and truly open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Saturday 2nd April 2022. The Mayor of Ware, Councillor Ian Kemp did the honours assisted by fellow Ware Town Councillors; Rishi Fernando, Martin Butcher, Phyllis Ballam and Mark Pope.

Photo Credit: Robert Galpin (click on image and right click to download)*

The skatepark opening ‘jam’ included workshops and free beginners’ lessons with ABC Skateboarding plus prize competitions for best tricks. A DJ was on site to provide atmosphere for the high-octane stunts as the more experienced participants showed off their best kickflips, ollies and tailwhips!  The construction team who built the park, Betongpark Ltd, all have deep roots in the skateboarding community so joined in with Ware’s skaters, BMX and scooter riders of all ages who came along on the day.

The new skatepark replaces the old wooden ramps with a purpose-built facility where the local skate scene can thrive.

Ware Town Council commissioned the skatepark and were supported with Section 106 funding from East Herts Council. The skatepark was designed with considerable local user involvement and input from Active East Herts and the Hertfordshire County Council Services for Young People Youth Forum for Ware and Hertford and detached youth work team.

Renowned street artist, Charles Uzzell Edwards, better known as Pure Evil, designed a custom ‘Skate Ware’ logo for the park which was reproduced on t-shirts sold by the youth forum at the opening event. The group also raised money by selling raffle tickets with prizes including a brand-new Mafia Bomma bike donated by Highway Cycles.

In time for the official launch, the skatepark benefitted from the work of Ware-based graphic designer, Chris Page, who gave up his time to create and paint a graphic mural scheme on the entrance slopes in a striking red, black and blue geometric pattern.

Sean Higgins, Finance Manager of Ware Town Council said,
“A massive thanks to everyone who came to our official opening & made it such a huge success. It was great to see the Skatepark come to life today.”

ENDS

Photo of Councillors left to right: Cllr Martin Butcher, Cllr Rishi Fernando (Deputy Mayor), Town Clerk Terry Philpott, Cllr Phyllis Ballam, Cllr Mark Pope and Mayor of Ware, Cllr Ian Kemp

Acknowledgements to Chris Page, Pure Evil, Highway Cycles

For further information please contact:  Sarah Fenton, Communications & Projects Manager, Ware Town Council, Ware Priory, High Street, Ware, SG12 9AL. Tel: 01920 460316 sarah@waretowncouncil.gov.uk

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