The improvements are being jointly funded by Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) environmental improvement programme and Risca Learn and Play Community Group.
The previous skate park was very well used which resulted in the metal framed equipment nearing the end of its life. New designs for the skate park comprise of a low maintenance, noise reducing concrete structure. The new skate park is expected to be completed early December.
Cllr Lisa Phipps, the council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Places, said “Risca Learn and Play Community Group have worked extremely hard to fundraise for the improvements to the skate park and we are very pleased to be able to support them with match funding through the council’s WHQS environmental improvement programme. It’s great to see work underway on the site and I look forward to visiting again when it’s completed.”
Cllr Rob Derraven, Risca East Community Council and Chair of Risca Play and Learn Community Group, added “As a community group we are always looking at many ways to improve or build new facilities in our area to ensure that we provide the very best that there is to offer for our youngsters and people of all ages to enjoy. We also believe that projects like these will help with improving healthy social integration amongst our young and build community relationships.
The brand new skate park is the start of this, and we hope that everyone will enjoy the facility when it’s completed. Thanks must go to Risca East Community Council, Risca Town Community Council and Caerphilly County Borough Council for their part in the funding of this project. Big thanks to all involved in the years of preparing for the work to begin, especially Zoe Davies and of course the late Dai Davies.”