SKATEBOARDERS and BMX riders in Epsom are set to benefit from Olympics legacy funding.
The skate park in Long Grove Park will get a makeover thanks to £73,152 of National Lottery money.
The upgrade will include replacing the old wooden ramps with a new bespoke concrete design for people of different levels and disciplines. Local councillors also hope to set up a new BMX club for youngsters
Work on the new skate park is expected to start in the spring following planning permssion approval.
The funding has been awarded to Epsom and Ewell Borough Council as part of Sport England's Inspired Facilities Fund.
The money comes from a £150m pot for the Places People Play legacy programme established alongside London 2012.
Councillor Jan Mason, chairman of the council's leisure committee, said they were "delighted" with the investment.
"We can upgrade the quality of our BMX/skate facility in Long Grove Park to ensure it continues to meet the high demand from BMX and skating enthusiasts within the borough.
"On the back of this investment and the enthusiasm generated through London 2012, we are hoping to develop a new BMX club encouraging local young people to get on their bikes and to challenge themselves to develop new skills."
This is the third successful Inspired Facilities bid for the borough.
A 3G astro-turf facility at Court Recreation Ground, in Epsom, was opened last year and new changing rooms at the town's Gibraltar Recreation Ground Pavilion will be officially unveiled later this month.
Sport England chairman Richard Lewis said: "This National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Epsom from last year’s successful Olympic and Paralympic Games
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