Wheeled sports enthusiasts in Witney are set to get a NEW wheeled sports park


Wheeled sports enthusiasts in Witney are set to get a NEW wheeled sports park thanks to a £57,975 grant from FCC Communities Foundation.

The money will be used to redesign and add exciting new challenges to the skatepark at The Leys Recreation Ground.

Councillor Ruth Smith, Leader of Witney Town Council believes the facility will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in the area.

She says: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Witney. It’s fantastic that FCC Communities Foundation has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to our wheeled sports park taking shape over the next four months.”

Wendy Davies, Commercial Director at Bendcrete, contractor for the new park build says, “Bendcrete are delighted be returning to The Leys after constructing the original park 20 years ago.

The new design will offer a fresh and exciting wheeled sports park that will be suitable for all ages, abilities, and wheel types. The new facility will retain some of the much-loved original features, as well as creating some exciting and challenging new lines.”

Phil Russell, Head of Design adds,” The park will also offer lower-level ramps for beginners and be a safe space for everyone. It is designed to be very inclusive and will help develop riders’ skills. The new design was very well received at a community consultation, and we were delighted to take their feedback into the final design.

It is an exciting time for wheeled sports with both skateboarding and BMX in the Olympics. The new wheeled sports park will offer a fantastic opportunity to develop local skills and opportunities for the local community. We are looking forward to starting the construction early in 2024.”

Councillor Ruth Smith hopes the wheeled sports park will be ready to use by Easter.

She adds, “Bendcrete has listened to the community and come up with a design that unites the old and new, and really maximises the space. Witney's young people are talking about the designs and seem aware and expectant. Let's see what it enables them to do!