Ramped-up support for skate park

Volunteers creating new wall at skate park
Street art depicting blonde woman with blue eyes and green beanie hat

A community led project has revamped the skate park at Longhill Park, giving users a space they can be proud of.

Reported to be the largest in the borough, the skate park in Winkfield is suitable for skateboarding, inline skating and BMX riding. It is managed by Bracknell Forest Council parks and countryside rangers, who supported the project.

There was a great sense of community spirit on the workdays in April. Over 2 weekends, volunteers repainted the seating area and tidied up the walls and surrounding vegetation. Local street artists built a new wall and painted it with fantastic artwork. Bold and colourful murals included a tiger and a wolf. These have since been refreshed by new artwork.

Bracknell resident James Maddison organised the makeover. He funded the improvements and coordinated efforts with the park rangers and the Green and Active Project.

Now a professional street artist, James enjoyed spending time at the skate park when he was young. He wants young people to have the same opportunities he had, and a space they can be proud of.

Stephen Chown, Head of Natural Estates, said: 

“Thanks to James, his fellow artists, family and friends for their amazing transformation of this community space.

“The project has generated a lot of interest, with artists visiting to paint new murals. The wall was always meant to be a palette for artists to produce a constant flow of new material.

“I hope our young residents are inspired to follow the excellent example set by James. With hard work, drive and dedication you can turn your dreams into reality.

“A special thanks to Green and Active volunteers for their help to enhance our parks and open spaces for people and wildlife.”

Street art with saber toothed tiger wearing bucket hat

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