A NEW skate park at King George V Playing Field in Melksham was officially opened on Saturday ahead of the final of the Wiltshire Skate Series.

Cllr John Thomson, the Wiltshire Council deputy leader and cabinet member for campuses and leisure services, local professional skateboarder James Threlfall, and Adrienne Westbrook, mayor of Melksham opened the Melksham Fifth Skate Park.

After the opening at 11.30am, the Skate Park hosted the final of the Wiltshire Skate Series for this year. The previous three rounds have been held throughout the county.

Competitions took place throughout the day in BMX, skateboard, scooter and inline skating, set to the backdrop of a live DJ.

Cllr John Thomson said: “We were delighted to officially open the new Fifth Skate Park in Melksham. The park represents a significant investment in Melksham’s community facilities and, in this case, for young people.

"The investment of almost £180,000 reflects Wiltshire Council’s commitment to improving access to sport, activities and community facilities.

“It was great to see the final of the Wiltshire Skate Series being held at the new skate park. The popular series is now in its seventh year, and has seen more than 200 competitors take part.

“The series is supported by many volunteers, including young people who gave up their time to ensure the success of the series, and we thank them for helping to make this such a successful event.”

Many people took to social media to comment on the opening of the new skate park. On facebook, Caroline Meech said: "It looks amazing and they were getting a good work out this morning when I rode by, great job every one."

Irene Mills said: "Ooh how exciting I must find my skateboard out for the weekend."

Adam Cruse said: "It was rammed this morning with kids skating in it, well done."