Bentham Playing Fields Association received funding from various sources (including Bentham Town Council Calendar proceeds, The Clothworkers Foundation; Craven District Council and the Sport England Community Investment Fund) to complete phase 3 of the playing fields refurbishments in late 2010. 'The new facilities will include new tennis courts and nets, basketball practice hoops, netball court and skateboard park
The Association invited several companies to tender for the design, manufacture and installation of a skatepark facility based on their outline layout plan and requests for a Half pipe, a fun box and ‘one other piece’ . The ground area available for the skatepark was located between hilly land to the north and tennis courts to the south. The Association wanted to accommodate beginners while offering challenge to more proficient riders – a park that wouldn’t be written off as boring by the keener , more able users. A quiet riding surface such as Skatelite Pro was specified by town planners.
StreetSkape offered 2 initial designs and, following additional consultation with end users, developed a third modification as shown. The final design improved the flow of the park, added challenge for experienced users while providing some smaller obstacles for beginners to build their skills. Given the modular nature of the design, there is also an option to reconfigure, enlarge – or even relocate the facility. To ensure minimal maintenance would be required, the fully welded galvanised steel frames were fully enclosed with galvanised steel sheet and topped with a Ramp Armor Phenolic Riding Surface.
Pam Woof on behalf of Bentham Playing fields Association said ‘Streetskape offered us a fantastic deal for our skate park which was installed in November 2010. The technicians installed on the days promised, despite difficult weather conditions. We have had one problem on the half pipe but Streetskape came back and rectified the problem very efficiently without delay. We have had many compliments about the ramps and general design layout. It has been a pleasure working with Streetskape. They offer a friendly, helpful and professional service and we have no hesitation in recommending them to future customers. ‘