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Re: Marple Skatepark Fund-raising target of £100,000 Reached!
« Reply #100 on: May 31, 2020, 07:40:22 AM »
Marple Skatepark Phase II status at end of May...








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Re: Marple Skatepark Fund-raising target of £100,000 Reached!
« Reply #99 on: May 29, 2020, 06:34:19 AM »
Marple Skatepark Phase II refurbishment coming along nicely.

Some progress shots taken over the last few days.










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Re: Marple Skatepark Fund-raising target of £100,000 Reached!
« Reply #98 on: May 20, 2020, 05:43:30 PM »
So work is finally underway on the Phase II refurbishment of Marple Skatepark top section.

Here are a few "before" shots from early this morning and an "in progress" from Lewis this afternoon.










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Re: Marple Skatepark Fund-raising target of £100,000 Reached!
« Reply #97 on: May 15, 2020, 10:26:42 AM »
Marple Skatepark Phase II to start on site next week!

Friends of Memorial Park are delighted to announce that following this week's easing of Covid-19 restrictions, and after careful consideration by Stockport Council and contractor Canvas Spaces, Marple Skatepark Phase II construction works will commence early next week and last for approximately 6 weeks.

Refurbishment of the top section of the skatepark can go ahead now that plans and procedures for the delivery of the works have been revised to ensure measures are in place to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19.

As explained before our start in April was put on hold, activity will commence with a track being laid across the park for heavy traffic and access to the works compound, which will be on the basketball court like it was during phase I. The track will cause some obstruction to park users but is essential to protect tarmac and grass from damage by heavy machinery.

Under the current circumstances and restrictions the whole of the skatepark will remain closed.

At present exact timing of the follow-on works to refurbish the basketball court and turn it into a Multi-User-GAmes Facility is uncertain, primarily due to issues around material supply.

We will make further announcements whenever we have firm information to share with you.


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Re: Marple Skatepark Fund-raising target of £100,000 Reached!
« Reply #96 on: March 25, 2020, 07:16:08 AM »
Marple Skatepark Phase II on hold

We thought we'd overcome all the hurdles in the way of constructing Marple Skatepark Phase II but following the PM's announcement on Monday we can confirm that the construction start scheduled for 6 April is now on hold.

Watch this space for more news.........

Stay safe, stay at home, save lives! We'll be back!

PS: If you read the footnote of the article linked in the post below you'll see I sort of anticipated this. At least it's stopped raining for a bit!

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Re: Marple Skatepark Fund-raising target of £100,000 Reached!
« Reply #95 on: March 11, 2020, 09:27:46 AM »
Marple Skatepark Phase II to start April 2020.

Read the full story on the Marple Website:

https://www.marple.website/community-projects/marple-skatepark-phase-ii.html


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Re: Marple Skatepark Fund-raising target of £100,000 Reached!
« Reply #94 on: March 11, 2020, 06:33:37 AM »
Marple Skatepark Phase II start on site less than a month away!

Once again things have taken far longer than we'd hoped and expected but following a pre-start meeting with Canvas Spaces yesterday, we are now in a position to announce that Marple Skatepark Phase II construction will begin early next month.
 
Canvas will commence in April with a track being laid across the park for heavy traffic and access to their compound, which will be on the basketball court like it was during phase I. The track will cause some obstruction to park users but is essential to protect tarmac and grass from damage by heavy machinery. The basketball court and the old top section of the skatepark, plus the bank transitioning down, will be cordoned off with safety barriers during the works. Most of the lower section of the skatepark will remain open, so although work will be ongoing during the Easter school holidays, users will still be able to skate most of the lower level while the top section is being rebuilt.

After the top section of the skatepark is completed and Canvas have left site, a new contractor will follow-on with the works to resurface the basketball court, add fences and other new features to turn it into a modern MUGA (Multi-User GAmes) Facility.

The target is for all facilities to be reopened and the access track removed in good time for Marple Carnival on Saturday 20 June. Of course it will take longer for the grassed areas under the track to recover and for the flowerbed on the access route to be reinstated.

Please support Friends of the Park, Stockport Council and their contractors as we seek to complete the final stages of this long-term project begun in 2011 to create an outstanding new facility for the young people of Marple.


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Re: Marple Skatepark Fund-raising target of £100,000 Reached!
« Reply #93 on: October 17, 2019, 01:55:05 PM »
At last we have some skatepark news...

Phase II:
We listened to comments from users on the design for the top section refurbishment and decided to do something about them. Unfortunately this turned into a bigger job than we expected and we did some rework on the layout over the summer. We now have a final design that was submitted to the planners at the end of August as a minor amendment to the scheme granted in October 2018. After a longer than expected wait it was approved last week.

Here are some 3D images of that final design.



We now have to finalise details with the skatepark contractor and agree a programme of work. When we have a firm start date we will let you know.

ASB at the Skatepark:
Not such good news is that a resident felt it necessary to contact the Council, Friends of the Park and MP William Wragg about anti-social behaviour at the skatepark over the summer. This arrived just after the August bank holiday weekend, when problems included a shopping trolley being set on fire in the park. The resident's concerns included mess, vandalism and noise at the skatepark and the matter was also raised as a public question at Marple Area Committee on Wednesday 25 September 2019.

A meeting was convened between Local Councillors, Council Officers and Friends of the Park on 30 September, when a number of actions were discussed and agreed.

Those actions include:

An existing CCTV camera will be relocated so that it covers the skatepark and sports area (this was recommended by Friends of the Park in December 2017 but progress has been slow. It is now being treated more urgently). Signs will also be fitted at the skate area/sports area notifying users that the area is under CCTV surveillance.

Stockport Council is working closely with the Neighbourhood Policing Team to monitor anti-social behaviour in the park and the wider Marple area. The policing team are aware of the increased reports of ASB in and around the skatepark and will increase patrols and surveillance as their resources allow.

Local councillors have carried out a programme of engagement with students at Marple Hall School to talk with them about responsibilities within the community. The feedback from councillors is that they were very well received by students and teachers at the school because they focused on how things can be made better for everyone rather than seeking to apportion blame. One quick outcome was Friends of the Park had skatepark users volunteer to help pick up litter during their last task day.

It has been agreed that additional trees will be planted as part of phase II to increase the screening of the skatepark along the canal-side boundary of the park too.

Other skateparks across the region and the country have been successful, like ours, in providing much needed activity for young people who otherwise have little to do. It's also a valuable source of outdoor exercise, may lead people into it as a sport and is a great social thing for youngsters and parents alike. Sadly skateparks in some areas have met so much opposition from residents they have been dismantled. This would be tragic for Marple ... let's all do our best to ensure there's no call for that here!






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Re: Marple Skatepark Fund-raising target of £100,000 Reached!
« Reply #92 on: May 30, 2019, 10:46:47 PM »
The skatepark is great. I’ve noticed though that at busy times the path next to it is becoming blocked not just by parents and kids watching but various scooters/bikes dumped along it. I’ve been having to cycle this way to avoid the canal works and sometimes it’s impossible to even walk by - and of course I’m the one who gets glared at for daring to exist. I wonder if any thought could be given to a kind of viewing or seating area to overlook the skatepark, freeing up the very useful path which is now far too narrow. Similar to the benches facing the bowling green I suppose.

In Torkington Park Hazel Grove they’ve also got a good idea where there’s a second “bikes only” path which veers out away from a kids play area, diverting people on bikes away from stationary parents and kids (the park also has a proper marked cycle route across it which works very well). As the skatepark gets busier and busier something like this will be necessary so everyone can still enjoy the park without conflicting.

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Re: Marple Skatepark Fund-raising target of £100,000 Reached!
« Reply #91 on: May 19, 2019, 10:04:34 AM »
News on Marple Skatepark Phase II:

We have been waiting for some considerable time to get a confirmed start date from the Council's Greenspace Team and the contractor Canvas Spaces who upgraded the skatepark for us in 2017 and will carry out the Phase II skatepark works (not the MUGA - that will be done by a different contractor after the skatepark works are completed).

The options most recently being considered were to start immediately after the Carnival and complete by the end of July, or, if that was not possible, to wait until after the school summer holidays. We were advised earlier this week that the start has now been revised to after the school holidays. A pre-construction meeting is to be arranged for August, after which we should be able to tell you more.

It is frustrating how long this is all taking but please bare with us - it should be worth it in the long run. In the meantime, we hope users enjoy the skatepark over the summer and stay safe!


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Re: Marple Skatepark Fund-raising target of £100,000 Reached!
« Reply #90 on: November 09, 2018, 02:21:38 PM »
But many people will never feel safe using the path without a fence to protect them from the fast-moving children on dangerous bikes etc equipment.

Then they can access the court across the grass, which is what most people will do anyway.

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Re: Marple Skatepark Fund-raising target of £100,000 Reached!
« Reply #89 on: November 09, 2018, 11:55:22 AM »
these would be people using the path to go and play basketball on the court, yes? and you think such people will be frightened by bikes? Do you ever walk along the pavement, next to the road used by articulated lorries and cars which are FAR more likely to kill or injure you than a bike?
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« Reply #88 on: November 09, 2018, 11:50:50 AM »
No, this is not necessary according to RoSPA regulations. The regulations require a 2m distance between a path and the nearest obstacle. We are complying with this.

But many people will never feal safe using the path without a fence to protect them from the fast-moving children on dangerous bikes etc equipment.

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Re: Marple Skatepark Fund-raising target of £100,000 Reached!
« Reply #87 on: November 08, 2018, 04:49:15 PM »
Will the footpath be fenced so people feel safe walking along it?

No, this is not necessary according to RoSPA regulations. The regulations require a 2m distance between a path and the nearest obstacle. We are complying with this.

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Re: Marple Skatepark Fund-raising target of £100,000 Reached!
« Reply #86 on: November 08, 2018, 04:35:56 PM »
Will the footpath be fenced so people feel safe walking along it?