from the Western Telegraph website...
Plans for a skatepark in Haverfordwest have been boosted by a donation from Narberth Skate Group which has lost its fight for a similar facility in its town.
The Haverfordwest Skatepark Association (HSA) received £22,863 from the group, pushing the funds raised for a park in the county town over the £100,000 mark.
At a recent presentation to the Garage Youth Centre in Haverfordwest, member of Narberth Skate Group, Val Bradley, presented a cheque to HSA chairman Simon Griffiths, who said the money “will go a long way.”
Val said: “We are very disappointed but if this means a skatepark will happen in the area it’s better than no skatepark at all. There appears to be a lot of enthusiasm and commitment in this group. We got a long way before we realised we were banging our heads against a brick wall, so to speak.”
The HSA, which became a registered charity this month, has been visiting youth groups across the county to canvass opinion on the need for a skatepark and to update young people on the designs and progress made by the group.
Designs for the 50 metre by 30 metre skatepark on Picton playing fields have been finalised by Maverick, a specialist skatepark design and build company.
HSA secretary Alison Turner said: “We have had more than 800 responses and had a really positive response. Overwhelmingly it is a ‘yes’ at the moment.”
She added that gaining planning permission and continued fundraising were the group’s next priorities.
During the presentation, HSA spokesman Geraint Williams said the HSA would continue to push for an up-to-date, high-quality, well-designed skatepark to enhance leisure options in the county.