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Swanley Skatepark opens ahead of schedule

In December, Swanley’s Mayor Councillor Lesley Dyball, opened the town’s new Skate Park at Swanley Recreation Ground alongside Leader Councillor Michael Horwood, Chief Executive Ryan Hayman and Concrete Wave Founder JD O’Brien.

Swanley’s new Skate Park contains a wide range of elements including quarterpipes, hips, taco, rollover, ledge and manual pad, a stairset, spine, rail, flatbanks and a miniramp – there’s something for everyone, with room for progression whether you skate, scoot or BMX.

The Skate Park is a £250,000 investment which was funded through £220,000 worth of grants and £30,000 of Community Infrastructure Levy.

A special thanks goes to our grant funders; National Lottery; Veolia; Kent County Council; Fidelity International. In addition a big thank you is expressed to Concrete Wave for their assistance in obtaining grants.

The official opening will be held on April 15th, 2023, with an event supported by Maverick who constructed the new facility. However, the facility remains available to use from today.
After opening the new Skate Park, Mayor Councillor Lesley Dyball said: “This new facility is fantastic, I am certain it will be enjoyed for generations to come and my thanks goes to all those who helped make this possible”.

Swanley skatepark from the air.

Chief Executive Ryan Hayman added “We did it! It took a lot of hard work but through everybody’s can do attitude we managed to get it built. A big thank you to JD who has really driven this project, as have the end users who I know will love this amazing new park”.

Maverick concluded by saying: “Maverick were delighted to be chosen to work with Swanley Town Council and Concrete Wave CIC to bring this exciting project to fruition and thanks to the hard work of our amazing crew, we have been able to complete the project ahead of schedule in time for the Xmas holidays”.

• Concrete Wave C.I.C. (www.concretewave.org.uk) is the brainchild of JD O’Brien, a business entrepreneur who took part in the 2016 version of The Apprentice on BBC1. Concrete Wave C.I.C. works to identify local projects within the South East of England and help to implement them with local community driven fundraising initiatives. It aims to help add an alternative approach to making public domain projects happen by bringing the community together to drive it from beginning to end.

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