After Lichfield District Council appointed Gravity Engineering Ltd, work to construct a new skatepark in Beacon Park started on Monday 11 November 2013.
When complete, the skatepark will feature a street-style section as well as a transition zone, which will include bowls, hips and spines for skaters to practice their tricks.
The council’s plans also include shielding the facility with trees and grassy mounds to limit the noise and to create an attractive area.
Councillor Val Richards, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Communications & Tourism, said: “It is great to see work starting on our new skatepark. Having teamed up with a leading skatepark designer to draw up the plans, as well as involving local skaters along the way, we’re confident that we will create a facility that is both challenging and fun.
“We look forward to launching the skatepark next year and hope it will give all our local skaters of all ages somewhere they can enjoy using for many years to come.”
The location of the skatepark, which is next to the A51 Western Bypass, was chosen because it is near to the city centre and public transport.
Beacon Park’s skatepark is being funded by section 106 capital, The Veolia Environmental Trust, Lichfield City Council, Staffordshire Local Community Fund, and Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership. Lichfield District Council is also contributing funding towards landscaping and will continue to raise funds.
Find out more at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/skatepark