At the Council meeting on 24th June Mr Barrie Richardson, Treasurer, and Mr Geoff Kay, President of the Ringwood & Fordingbridge Lions Club presented a cheque for £250 to Lewis Ingram and Joe Mardell from the Campaign 4 Carvers Skate Park group.

The young people had made an inspirational presentation at the Lions Den event and were one of 4 teams out of 8 to successfully bid for funds.  This cheque was then presented to the Town Mayor as a contribution towards the cost of the new skate park.

The Town Mayor commended the young people for taking ownership of plans for the new skate park and playing such an active role in the process.

Town Councillors and representatives from the Ringwood & Fordingbridge Lions Club and the Campaign 4 Carvers Skate Park group

Town Councillors and representatives from the Ringwood & Fordingbridge Lions Club and the Campaign 4 Carvers Skate Park group

Rae Frederick spoke on behalf of the Campaign 4 Carvers Skate Park, explaining that the young people had been actively campaigning for 10 months by making presentations to the Council, raising money, taking part in the Lions Den, and looking at designs, and she personally was proud to have been part of this.

The Council having approved the design for the new Skate Park, the Town Clerk reported that the next step would be to submit a planning application, which could take up to 8 weeks to be determined, and it was hoped that the new skate park would be completed in time to be an early Christmas present for the young people.