Park jumps into the future

Local councillors, Friends of Duchess of Hamilton Park and North Lanarkshire Council representatives check out the new wheeled sports area.
Local councillors, Friends of Duchess of Hamilton Park and North Lanarkshire Council representatives check out the new wheeled sports area.
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MOTHERWELL youngsters will be able to hone their skateboard, rollerblade and BMX skills at a new sports area in Duchess of Hamilton Park.

The £95,000 facility has been officially opened by North Lanarkshire Council, creating an exciting new location for wheeled sports in the heart of the town.

It includes ramps, slopes and obstacles for riders of all ages, and the stairway into the area has been refurbished in keeping with the modern new sports style.

This new wheeled sports facility was created in a disused sunken garden within the park using funding from the council’s local development programme.

A new football and basketball area, adjacent to the wheeled sports area, is also being completed.

This was funded through Cashback for Communities, which uses money recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to invest in community programmes.

The installation work was carried out by the council’s restorative justice service, which allows people carrying out community service orders to give something back to their local area.

Councillor Peter Nolan, convener of Motherwell Local Area Partnership, said: “I am delighted to see this derelict part of the park transformed into a first class facility for young people.

“With the support of the Friends of Duchess of Hamilton Park, we have been able to bring new life to the park which is an important greenspace within the town centre.

“Watching the skills of some of the young people on bikes and skateboards is fantastic, and I’m sure this will be a very popular area for local youngsters.”