All aboard for skate park plan roll-out

Dunstable Town Council has confirmed that a brand new skate park will be built in the town centre, with local skaters to be consulted during construction.

Thanks to nearly £250,000 investment, building work is expected to begin on the land behind Go Bowling at Grove Park this summer.

Chairman of the Dunstable Board Riders, Pete Smith, said: “This is fantastic news.Without a doubt this park will be well-used.

“I’ve helped to design parks in Luton, and a temporary one in Dunstable, and you can see where the technology has evolved over the years.

“Designing the park will be about what the kids want. We will want to cater for a mix of beginner, intermediate and professional skaters.

“There is a very big BMX community in Dunstable, as well as a massive influx of kids with scooters – a relatively new sport.

“It will be a very good social development and fantastic for the town. This is amazing news.”

The council will manage the open-air park, and a decision will be made on a design by March 2014.

The money has come courtesy of Section 106 planning obligations, which requires prospective housing developers to provide funding for local projects.

Users on Facebook welcomed the news, with many believing the new park could benefit the town as a whole.

Rob Gates said: “There are several good skate park contractors out there now so would be wise to put it out to tender.

“Look at parks like the Oxford Wheels project , Saffron Waldon and Shoreham. They have people travelling to them, which is only good for the town.”

Liz Jones said: “It’s something the youngsters have been asking for for ages.”

Some skate park companies have already been contacted by the council, but interested parties should email

The deadline to express interest is January 31, and presentations must be made before the end of February.

The council would also like to hear from any BMX riders interested in the park, to discuss how the park can be designed with two-wheeled users in mind.