Floodlights to be installed at Kettering skate park

Youths at the skate park.
Youths at the skate park.

A Kettering skate park has been upgraded and will now be open for longer hours.

The Ise Skate Park in Grantown Close has seen the recent installation of an all-weather shelter, with floodlights being installed in the coming months.

The shelter will be built by local skate park manufacturer Rampchild.

The council has also extended the opening hours of the skate park as of June 21 and will be installing floodlights to ensure the site can be used safely.

The lights will be timed to switch off at 9.30pm and will be installed by the end of September.

Regular skate park user Callum McRobbie said: “When we had to leave at 8.30pm no-one was ready to go home, but now it’s 9.30pm it is much better.

“Also, the new shelter and ramp is brilliant and everyone just loves it, we really needed it down here.

“We can’t wait for the new lights.”

Skateboarding has been a controversial issue in the town after the council became the first authority in the country to ban it in certain areas under a Public Space Protection Order.

The new lighting will use low-energy LEDs to ensure running costs are kept down.

Signage will be installed reminding all the park’s users to leave quietly each evening and respect neighbours.

Shirley Plenderleith, head of public services at Kettering Council, said: “I am delighted we have been able to make these improvements to the skate park.

“They have been made for the benefit of all the young people using it, and we will carry on making further improvements where we can.”

Cllr Lesley Thurland, Kettering Council’s portfolio holder for community and culture, said: “Since the new skate park was built in 2013 it has grown in popularity and many of the users had asked for a place to shelter during hot days or flash storms.

“We have decided to extend the park’s opening hours to 9.30pm all year round, so that it is safe to use in the winter months.

“We are also having floodlighting installed over the summer.

“These improvements will allow more people to use the sports facility more often.”