Teens need help to save their skate park

Teenagers have spent as much time repairing the park as skating in it in recent weeks.

Teenagers have spent as much time repairing the park as skating in it in recent weeks.

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TEENAGE skaters in Grantham need help as they take responsibility for keeping a valued facility open.

G-Zone skatepark in Wyndham Park is well used by young skaters, skateboarders and BMXers all year round.

Since the skatepark opened in 2004, repair and maintenance work has cost an average of around £1,500 per year. But now the committee have only £200 left in the coffers.

Jenny Sutherland, who owns the cafe in Wyndham Park, is helping the lads raise money and make repairs.

She said: “We had a massive repair last summer and that has lasted until now but more needs doing now and we are almost out of money.

“The lads have been doing the repairs themselves but we can’t go on forever without some help.”

Skaters will be raising money at this weekend’s carnival, while they are also planning gigs and a DVD shot at G-Zone to raise more money.

If funds can’t be raised to make repairs then G-Zone could be closed down.

Skater Brandon Crane, 17, said: “Last time it was closed it felt like being evicted really.

“It’s like another home to us.”

Current committee chairman PC Steve Cummings will soon be handing over the reigns to Jenny and the skatepark users.

He said: “The kids have all responded really well and have done a great job with repairs.”

l Anyone interested in helping the skatepark or buying a DVD for £2.50 can call Brandon on 07593697696.