CHILDREN are riding high after the Winsford BMX and Skate Park was officially opened at Mount Pleasant in Winsford - thanks to a last-minute cash boost.
The park, which has been designed to specifications mapped out by the children who themselves originally asked for a skate park to be built, was unveiled by Winsford Town Mayor Nick Harris and Vale Royal Borough Mayor Val Godfrey on Tuesday last week.
But when work started to transform a boggy patch of land just a few weeks ago, organiser Groundwork was still trying to scrape together a shortfall of £35,000 to complete all the plans.
United Utilities Landcare, a landfill tax funding programme, came in with a late £20,000 cash injection, on top of the £10,000 it had already granted.
In addition, Cheshire Police Authority chipped in with £5,000 from its Community Partnership Fund and Winsford Town Council also awarded a late grant of £2,000.
The skate park is still a few thousand pounds short, but Groundwork has agreed to underwrite the cost until more sponsorship can be found.
Eoin Cooke, United Utilities' general manager of process operations, said: 'This BMX and skate park project is a fantastic success story for the people in the community who have worked so hard to get this project off the ground. We are delighted to be playing our part and I am sure it will be enjoyed by youngsters for years to come.'
The project originated from a petition by youngsters two years ago which asked Vale Royal Borough Council to build a skate park.
Cllr Harris has been involved from the start and he said: 'I am delighted the project is now coming to fruition and that Groundwork has managed to see it through.
'The town council is proud to have such a great facility being built in Winsford. It is not only significant for Winsford, but also for the borough, region and the country.
'It will provide a great opportunity for local people from all areas of the town to hone and develop their skills. Who knows, someone may even get good enough to represent Great Britain at Beijing in five years time, as BMX has just been designated a full medal sport in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing for the over-19s.'
Peter Heberlet, of Groundwork, added: 'This boost from United Utilities Landcare is great news for Mid Cheshire. We've still got a few thousand to go, but thanks to all the help, people will be able to come down and use it this summer.'