A SKATING facility that has had a radical overhaul in the past few months will see its official launch this month, with funds raised being used to support skaters in Hatherleigh.

Okehampton Skate Jam, being organised for Saturday, April 20, will be the official opening of the new Okehampton skate park — last year saw contractors complete work on a new series of ramps, stairs, down-rails and skating equipment for the skate park at Brayhams Terrace.

The work has incorporated the new ramps and stairs made out of concrete into the existing skate park facility, to add variety and provide a range of levels so all young people can use the park, regardless of their skill.

A team of youngsters called the Okehampton Skate Group worked hard to bring the new skate plaza into existence, holding meetings at Room 13 over the past few years to discuss the future of the skate park and fundraise for the facility.

Having raised around £50,000 for their own project, the skate group will now use the Okehampton Skate Jam as a platform to support skaters in Hatherleigh.

Youngsters and Hatherleigh Town Council have been working hard to provide a concrete skate area in a free form design in Island Park.

The project took a big step forward when the council was awarded £50,000 from Sport England's Inspired Facilities Fund, part of the Places People Play Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme.

Throughout the event, there will be sessions for skaters, and scooter and BMX riders of all abilities, plus display and competition sessions. Skaters and riders of all levels from across Devon are welcome to join in on the day.

The event runs from noon to 5pm. Entry costs £2 per person, with all proceeds going toward the Hatherleigh Skate Park project.

For more information call OCRA on 01837 54546.