DESIGNS have been unveiled for a new skatepark which is set to open in spring.

Colchester Council asked more than 100 users and residents how they would like the revamped skatepark to look at Leisure World, in Cowdray Avenue, in October.

The winning course, which is aimed at setting new challenges for avid skaters and bikers, won 76 per cent of the vote.

Leisure World has had a skatepark for more than a decade but the council hopes to keep up with changing designs and rival other courses.

Work on the upgrade, which will involve installing pre-constucted features, is due to start this month.

The park is being built by Wicksteed Leisure and Gravity Skateparks, and will continue to be free for skaters, BMX and scooter riders.

Councillor Annie Feltham, portfolio holder for Communities and Leisure, said: "I'm thrilled that we're able to refurbish this fantastic skate park.

“It will be a great facility for serious sports people and those who just want to have a bit of fun and stay active.

“I'm excited about this because I'm expecting that the new skatepark will be well-used."

The skatepark will be closed from February 22 when the contractors are due on site.

While work is underway, users are encouraged to visit Boada Skate Park on Shrub End Sports Ground, on the junction with Layer Road and Boadicea Way, Colchester.

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