Aug 4 2010 by Judith Tonner, Airdrie & Coatbridge
SKATERS are jumping for joy after the opening of a new £48,000 facility at West End Park in Coatbridge.
The skate park provides ramps and bowls for skateboarders and in-line skaters to try their tricks and hone new skills.
Local youngsters helped to design the area, alongside Friends of West End Park and staff from North Lanarkshire Council’s play services team.
It benefited from funding from the local development programme, and the next step in its construction will be a colourful graffiti art project on its floor.
Bill Shields, the Coatbridge North and Glenboig councillor, carried out the official opening of the park, watched by community representatives, fellow elected representatives and council staff.
Coatbridge local area partnership convener Jim Brooks, who represents Coatbridge South, said: “West End Park is very popular with the community.
“This excellent facility gives young people a modern, exciting space to enjoy, and I am grateful for all the support we have had from them and the Friends group in getting the skate park up and running.”