Work has begun on a brand new skatepark on Clapham Common after local skateboarders and Lambeth Council got together to develop the plans.
The layout of the park has been designed by local skaters themselves working with council sports and recreation officers.
The new facility will give young people in Lambeth access to some of the best skate facilities in London when it opens in the new year. It will be made of durable concrete and replace the outdated skatepark that is now past its sell by date. It will conform to all the latest safety standards.
Skaters formed a Facebook group so that they could share their ideas for the design and layout of the new park with the council, and the work is being paid for with grants from The London Marathon Trust, the Safer Lambeth Partnership and Lambeth Council using contributions from developers through planning agreements.
Councillor Florence Nosegbe, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and the 2012 Games, said:
“The new skatepark is going to be fantastic and this is a major investment in facilities for young people in Lambeth.
“We’ve worked closely with skate park users and the Friends of Clapham Common throughout to make sure the design and specification of the park are what users themselves want, and I can’t wait to see the new facilities completed and being used for competitions and events.
“This is going to give young people in Lambeth access to some of the best skate facilities in London and I’m delighted to see the project coming to fruition because lots of people have worked very hard to make it happen, including the skateboarders and skaters themselves. The way this project has been developed is a great example of what we mean when we talk about becoming a cooperative council. ”
The new facility should open in the New Year.