It’s a good day for skaters and BMX-ers.
The final phase of the newly extended skate park in Hemel Hempstead’s Gadebridge Park has reopened and will be fully up and running by 5pm.
Dacorum Borough Council has worked with the Hemel Skate Park Group to design the new facility.
The extension has been done in two phases to minimise disruption according to the authority, which also funded the work.
Resident services group manager Julie Still said: “Hemel skate park has always been a very popular facility and we wanted to make it even better for those who use it.
“We have valued the input of members of the Hemel Skate Park Facebook group and we hope everyone gets a lot of enjoyment out of it.”
The timing of the project was previously criticised – as it disrupted youngsters’ enjoyment of the skate park during their summer holidays.
Some said the work should have been done during term time.
But the council says that one person was so impressed by the end result they emailed in to say thank you.
The message also congratulated the authority on ‘making the Old Town look absolutely amazing’.
It said: “I have ventured down to the new outdoor park a few times now and think it is by far one of the best around here and couldn’t be happier.”
An event will be held at the skatepark at 11am on Bank Holiday Monday for people to give their feedback on the skate park extension.