A NEWLY refurbished skatepark in the Lake Pleasure Grounds, Warminster which has been designed by the young people of the town is to be opened by Easter next year.

The £215,000 refurbishment has been the effort of the town council's skatepark committee and friends of the skatepark who have received grants from the area board and other local organisations.

Cailean Snook, 15, who helped to design the new skatepark said: “The current skatepark is just so outdated, it’s been here for 30 years.

“About 12 people come here regularly, but when it has been refurbished I am sure there will be lots people coming. I will be coming a lot more myself.

“I am proud that I helped design the skatepark and glad I gave up my time for an important project.”

Plans for the newly refurbished skatepark include concrete ramps and modern skating equipment such as beams.

Member of the skatepark committee Cllr Pip Ridout said: “It is so important for us to do something for young people in the town.

“There has been a lot of a focus on the elderly recently with the new dementia centre and other projects which is great, but we also need to think about the future generation of our town.

“We hope the new skatepark will bring in new visitors from surrounding areas.”

Jacqui Abbott, Warminster community and engagement manager said: “This will be an asset that the whole community can enjoy.

“Its about targetting everyone’s interest with activities we have here at the park.”

Work is set to start in the skatepark in the winter.