Kettering Skate Park Improvements

Published: Tuesday, 5th July 2016

New all-weather shelter, floodlights and extended opening hours

A wheeled sports facility aimed at young people has been upgraded and will be open for longer hours.
The improvements made by Kettering Borough Council to the Ise Skate Park, on Grantown Close, has seen the recent installation of an all-weather shelter, built by local skate park manufacturer ‘Rampchild’. This will provide much needed protection from summer sun, but also a place to get out of the rain. 
The Council has also extended the opening hours of the skate park as of 21 June and will be installing state of the art floodlights to ensure the site can be used safely.  The lights will be timed to switch off at 9.30pm and will be installed by the end of September. 
Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to make these improvements to the skate park. They have been made for the benefit of all the young people using it, and we will carry on making further improvements in the future where we can”.
Regular skate park user, Callum McRobbie, said: “When we had to leave at 8.30pm no-one was ready to go home, but now it’s 9.30pm it is much better. Also, the new shelter and ramp is brilliant and everyone just loves it, we really needed it down here. We can’t wait for the new lights!”
Cllr Lesley Thurland, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Culture, said: “Since the new skate park was built in 2013 it has grown in popularity and many of the users had asked for a place to shelter during hot days or flash storms. We have decided to extend the parks opening hours to 9.30pm all year round, so that it is safe to use in the winter months. We are also having flood lighting installed over the summer. These improvements will allow more people to use the sports facility more often”.