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Teens help design park for little ones at Cyclopark, Gravesend

A new skatepark for young children designed by two teenagers was unveiled at the Cyclopark.

Jack Brown, Cllr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Shane Robinson, Laurence Tricker and Will French stand by the Cyclopark's new skate equipment.

Jack Brown and Will French, both 15 and from Gravesend, helped develop designs for the park to cater for skaters and scooters under eight.

The pair worked with equipment manufacturers Urban Ramps to come up with the area, which includes portable steel ramps ideal for skateboarding, scooters, BMX or skating.

The portable nature of the equipment means it can be moved into different types of formations for youngsters to enjoy.

Both Will and Jack are regular skaters at Cyclopark and had fun playing their part in the early stages of the development.

Will said: “It’s been great being involved in the design of the new under-eights’ park. They will enjoy having somewhere to ride and practise new tricks. It is a great feeling when you have practised a trick for weeks and you finally do it.”

Jack said: “It was important that the park still offered riders a challenge. I’m sure it will be very popular. Going to a skatepark is the best way to get better and to learn new tricks.”

The build was funded by Gravesham Communities and Neighbourhoods Fund and Cllr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi joined the boys, Urban Ramps designer Shane Robinson and Cyclopark boss Laurence Tricker to officially unveil the skatepark.

Mr Tricker said: “Since the park opened two years ago it has proved hugely popular with the local community.

“Scooting and skating are accessible extreme sports that are rapidly growing, which the park is keen to support and encourage.

“With the age limit restriction being eight plus for the existing skatepark, I had many younger skaters wanting to ride.

“With the help of Jack and Will who worked closely with Urban Ramps, manufacturers of skatepark equipment, I’m happy we can now invite younger riders to the park, increasing our skatepark community.”

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