Reviving Amos Lawrence Skate Park Could Cost the Town £85,000

A new report issued by Raunds Town Council highlights that due to the popular use of the Skate Park at Amos Lawrence field, the annual maintenance costs are around £3,000 per year.

Costs are so high due to frequent vandalism which has seen the park needing to be closed on a number of occasions. However, the costs also consider that the structures are made of wood which needs regular treatment.

Three options will be discussed at the upcoming Environment and Leisure Committee in the Council Chamber on Tuesday 17th September, 7:30pm

Option 1: The existing park is re-surfaced and elements rebuilt (£15,000-£20,000)

Option 2: The existing park is re-modelled, and new elements added (£20,000 – £30,000)

Option 3: The park is entirely rebuilt in concrete (£85,000)

There is no apparent option to remove the park entirely.

Let us know in the comments below your thoughts on how valuable the skate park is and how much investment should be provided to sustain its future.

4 thoughts on “Reviving Amos Lawrence Skate Park Could Cost the Town £85,000

  • 13th September 2019 at 9:05 pm

    I think this is a great idea from someone who ride this skatepark everyday of the week , in my opinion a rebuilt concrete skatepark would be the best option because it will lead to the least amount of ware and tear . However; although it may seem to get vandalised it doesn’t , with the old wood getting weaker and weaker holes become frequent , but this is not vandalism ,the holes only tend to come about between the joint of two pieces of wood which is where it is weakest due to constant impact.This skatepark is extremely valuable as many young people have spent many years of their lives there training everyday , we have one of the best local skateparks in the area and to demolish it would be devastating to the locals who visit it for hours ever day at the weekend and everyday after school ! Personal many people and I think, strongly that this is a brilliant idea.If it were to be destroyed it would have an immense impact on the locals ,this skatepark keeps many of the youth from the streets and keeps them out of trouble ! If it is to be rebuilt , whilst is is being re done we think it should be situated somewhere else in the Amos Lawrence so the youth has still has something to do while it is being built.

  • 14th September 2019 at 9:39 am

    Concrete is the way forward with theese new skate parks. 15 years it took to get a park n now Raunds had increased population massively. I think they should be prepared to do summat for kids. They field is massive not one slide or swing🤷🏼‍♂️ We was also told a pump track will be built so come on council. Dig abit deeper n do summat worth building. Wood takes to much maintenance…. it hardly vandalism it’s kids doing jumps on rotten wood that causes damage. How many times it already been patched up. Build new! 💯

  • 17th September 2019 at 3:48 pm

    from and local who rides the skatepark almost everyday, i think the best option is the concrete because it will be no holes. A skatepark like the rushden jubilee would be nice or a skatepark like concrete wave in Newquay would be nice. i think you should make the skatepark bigger so it’s more room for people to learn their tricks!

  • 18th September 2019 at 10:27 am

    If Raunds skatepark is to be rebuilt, we think it would be a great idea for the council to ask the locals what we would like in it within the budget. Some early ideas we have are
    – A spank with a bowl and a nice jump box
    Also many outdoor concrete skateparks have one downfall which is the coping ( the metal at the top of the ramp) on many local skateparks it sticks out very far which limits the people who ride there and overall minimizes its popularity.


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