Army unit gets to work on Grantham skate park

G-Zone skate park has been improved thanks to 168 Pioneer Regiment.

G-Zone skate park has been improved thanks to 168 Pioneer Regiment.

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An army unit from 168 Pioneer Regiment Royal Logistics Corps has given Grantham’s skate park a welcome revamp.

Staff Sergeant John Mitchell and his team rectified a serious structural problem with the ramp at G-Zone skate park and set about two weeks of intensive work.

After stripping and gutting out the ramp’s rotten wood, they then funded and installed higher quality ply wood.

SKDC’s waste and recycling crews and park contractors Veolia Environmental Services provided assistance to remove the old ramp.

Jenny Sutherland, treasurer of the GZONE committee said: “The work has given a lot of young people a skate park they really appreciate.

“We are all very proud of these soldiers and what Staff Sergeant Mitchell and his team have done. We couldn’t have funded or completed the work without them.”

SKDC’s portfolio holder for leisure arts and culture Coun Bob Adams said: “It’s always heartening to see community and volunteer efforts come together.

“This wasn’t a small project by any means and to have a local army regiment with soldiers who have trade background complete the job is more than the skate park users could have hoped for.

“They are a credit to the community and their regiment for the work they’ve performed.”