Youngsters test out the new skatepark

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YOUNGSTERS can reach new heights thanks to a new facility in Wallsend.

A skatepark at Howdon Park, in Howdon Lane, featuring metal obstacles, ramps and more, has opened to the public.

Young people were involved in creating the site’s design, which includes North Tyneside’s first ever mellow half pipe, as well as a high quarter pipe, high jump box, vertical wall and grind box.

Kane Lowther, 17, from Wallsend, is delighted with the park, saying: “It’s brilliant having the park so close by.

“Before when I wanted to skate, I had to travel miles away, but now it’s right on my doorstep.

“It’s definitely something the area needed, and all the young people round here absolutely love it.

“Even the people who aren’t BMXers or skaters, they’re still just coming down and chilling.

“There’s a really good atmosphere and everyone gets along.”

Coun Glynis Barrie, cabinet member for leisure, culture, tourism and safer communities, said: “This is a fantastic facility and purpose-built with the requests of young people in mind.

“Residents told us they wanted more facilities for youngsters, so we listened and consulted with the young people.

“North Tyneside Council is committed to providing the right kind of places for young people to enjoy, and I’m sure they’ll be delighted with their latest skatepark.”