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Skate Board Ramp Ground works weekend!
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

April 9, 2009: Hatherleigh Skate Area starts to take shape Following a period of sustained fund-raising and a generous grant from Awards for All, a group of Hatherleigh folk spent last weekend working on the ground works for the new skate area in Island Park. A period of early summer weather allowed the team to progress well with clearing the land and preparing for the concrete base. An early start on Saturday was followed by two very full days and a 9 O’clock finish in the dark on Sunday evening The main challenge was to shore up a sloping site. This was achieved by use of gabion baskets, and telegraph poles. Next to come will be the fencing, signage, and the concreting, then the main ramp which has now been professionally refurbished by Hartleigh Iron can be returned. The project coordinator reports that “a good number of townsfolk volunteered some of their weekend to help with the work, and without them building the area would simply not happen, as we could not find the money to pay for labour as well as materials. Particular thanks must go to Douglas Stevens, Rupert Brandon-King, Chris Brown-Martin and Adam Keates, who not only supplied vital equipment but also gave up all of their weekend to work on the project. Thanks must also go to the many other townsfolk who came along and got their ‘hands-dirty’, and to Knowle Contractors and Western power who both supported the project by the donation of much needed materials. It is hoped that the Skate Area will be finished this month. The next step will be to raise sufficient funds to procure some smaller ramps and further skate park equipment. Brad Horn

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