Twyford Skatepark Project

by Friends of Twyford Skatepark & Twyford Parish Council in Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Total raised £1,820

£5,000 target 24 days left
36% 51 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 18th July 2024 at 4:48pm

Help us build a new skatepark for Twyford - lets support our young people and provide an exciting new facility!

by Friends of Twyford Skatepark & Twyford Parish Council in Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Help us build a brilliant new skatepark facility for wheeled sports in Twyford!

The existing skatepark...

The current skatepark in Twyford was built almost 2 decades ago and is in need of increasing expenditure for repairs and renovation. The existing facility is unsightly, unfit for purpose and does not cater for the diverse needs of the community. 

The skatepark is an important facility in Twyford village that encourages sport, fitness, competition, creativity and an outlet for an energetic youth without any expensive user charges.  The Council is keen to provide facilities like this, that can be used by all, whatever their means.

Given the existing design, the ramps are currently being used more to climb on than the intended purpose which is dangerous and attracts antisocial behaviour. A modern, inclusive and experienced approach is now being sought to benefit the wider community and provide a facility everyone can enjoy.

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Who Are We?

We are a group of enthusiastic parents, skaters, BMX enthusiasts and scooter riders who have come together with Twyford Parish Council to launch this skatepark project. With the invaluable support of the Council we are looking to raise over £200,000 to fund the construction of a modern concrete skatepark that will cater to the diverse needs of our community. The new facility will include essential amenities such as clear safety signage, spectator benches, accessible ramps, beginner jumps and a tool kit repair station. We want this to be a space for everyone to enjoy! 

Thanks to Twyford Parish Council we are well on our way...but we need your help to unlock extra funding.  Please help the project by pressing DONATE now.

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Photos taken at public meetings ~ February & May 2024

In February we got together and made a wish list for the skatepark and its surroundings. The Council had already gone to tender and are now working with Maverick, who are highly regarded experts in their field, to deliver the new facility.

Why this is important

Whilst our local schools provide excellent facilities for traditional sports including football, swimming and athletics, extreme sports are often overlooked and the opportunity to participate in them are limited. Extreme sports are now included at the Olympics and seen by many as an exciting opportunity to encourage children, who might not follow traditional sports, into a new areas of fitness and recreation. 

Providing sports facilities for Twyford's youth is an important aspect of our community and benefits the wider village at large.

What would the new park look like?

The Maverick team will work closely with the skatepark users through social media and workshops. They will help manage everyones expectations and create an exciting design unique to Twyford. Mavericks designers are skilled riders of skateparks and will be able to relate to the user group. They aim to create a design to everyones satisfaction and within budget. It will be suitable for skaters, skateboarders, scooter users, BMX riders and wheelchairs!

This is a concept design to show what our new park could look like. 

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Much more than a skatepark

A new skatepark would be a valuable addition to our community, strategically positioned near other essential facilities such as the youth club, Loddon Hall, tennis club, play parks, and football pitches. This area is already a popular destination for dog walkers, families going to and from the local schools, and those enjoying the wildflower areas and the Coronation labyrinth. The existing social infrastructure, including benches and a dedicated chatty bench, fosters an environment where people of all ages come together. The skatepark would further enhance this vibrant, communal space, providing a new recreational outlet that complements the diverse activities available in our well-loved public area.

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How will we make this project happen and how much will it cost?

The project budget is £200,000 with costs of benches and a tool station on top. We are applying for grants and have the support of the Parish Council.  Funds will contribute towards the skatepark and all the extras. 

How can you help?

There are four simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.

1. Make a Donation! Don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our success!

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Offer rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out! Its not too late!

4. If you want to run your own fundraiser to support us, maybe a sponsored activity or similar, use the 'contact project' button at the top of our page to let us know. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won’t need any bank details. Just a fun idea!

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Bag a reward!

If you donate a pre-set amount, you might even be in with a chance of claiming a reward from a local business: However, be warned, once the rewards are gone, they're gone! All rewards are to be collected from Twyford. 

THANK YOU to our local organisations and businesses that have generously supported our crowdfunder.

Skatepark logo

Local designer and illustrator Sally Castle has been working with The Piggott School pupil Greta to design a logo for the project.  The initial concept was based around skateboarding however, it soon developed to reflect the inclusive nature of the skatepark and appeal to its diverse user base.  Several drafts of the logo, experimenting with different styles, colours and symbols were shown to the skatepark users.  They favoured the simple, clean, legible designs.

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Photographed here is Sally and Greta working on the design.

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The designs are currently being refined with the help of a graphic designer, also parent to one of the skateboarders.  The final version of the logo is developed incorporating a wheel as a central element.  The wheel symbolises motion, inclusivity and the different types of users the skatepark serves.  The design ensures that skateboarders, scooter riders, BMX riders and wheelchair users all see themselves represented in the logo.

We hope to be able to offer merchandise with the logo on.

Read more about the benefits of a new skatepark in Twyford

  • Strategically situated amongst football pitches, tennis courts, a play park and the Youth Club, the skatepark serves as a bustling social hub for our young people. 
  • Offering a healthy and affordable recreational outlet, the skatepark promotes physical activity and bolsters mental wellbeing for individuals of all ages.
  • The new facility will be a wheeled park, catering to the needs of skateboarders, BMX riders, scooter enthusiasts and wheelchair users alike.
  • The project creates multi-generational engagement opportunities. 
  • The new facility is likely to be quieter and more attractive to look at for residents.  It will also be a space for people to sit and enjoy watching the activity.
  • Increased footfall could create opportunities to positively impact the local economy.
  • By providing a safe and engaging facility we aim to mitigate antisocial behaviour and cultivate a sense of community belonging.  The area is covered by CCTV.
  • Through events, workshops and initiatives centered around the project we strive to reduce social isolation and loneliness in the community.
  • We hope to increase community cohesion by running events, workshops and projects around the skatepark.
  • The project provides opportunities for local businesses to get involved.
  • The facility will provide a much needed facilities in our semi-rural village and surrounding area.
  • We will develop a better BMX culture with opportunities for young and old to learn new skills and try out cycling.
  • The new wheeled park will have facilities for learners and obstacles to extend more experienced skaters.
  • The initiative will put Twyford on the 'skate space' map and encourage sport tourism from local areas towns and villages.
  • Lets make our young people invested in, excited and happy!

Please pledge and share this link to support us!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

Buy us a pint!

We are launching our fundraiser on the Beer Festival weekend. Help us out by buying us a pint! We estimate the skatepark will need 131,000 pints of concrete. Please note that your pint of concrete will go directly into the skatepark - you won't receive it! Thank you for helping make our skatepark project happen!

£10 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Cocktails!

Offered by The Orangery 2 cocktails Use within 3 months www.theorangerytwyford.com RRP £20

£15 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Bag a T-Shirt - small black

Maverick T-Shirt Small / Black Postage to UK only www.maverickskateparks.co.uk/

£15 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Bag a T-Shirt XLarge White

Maverick T-Shirt X-Large / White Postage to UK only www.maverickskateparks.co.uk/

£15 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Bag a T-Shirt X Large Black

Maverick T-Shirt X-Large / Black Postage to UK only www.maverickskateparks.co.uk/

£15 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Bag a T shirt - Small grey

Maverick T-Shirt Small / Grey Postage to UK only www.maverickskateparks.co.uk/

£15 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Bag a T shirt - Large White

Maverick T-Shirt Large / White Postage to UK only www.maverickskateparks.co.uk/

£20 or more

A post of thanks!

Pledge £20 or more and we'll give a shout out to you on social media

£20 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£25 off cards!

Offered by H F Newberry £25 OFF cards Discount to be used by 31.12.24 RRP £25 https://www.facebook.com/hfnewberry/

£25 or more

Buy us a round!

We are launching our fundraiser on the Beer Festival weekend. Help us out by buying us a round! We estimate the skatepark will need 131,000 pints of concrete. Please note that your pints of concrete will go directly into the skatepark - you won't receive them! Thank you for helping make our skatepark project happen!

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Maverick Hoodie X Large Grey

Maverick Hoodie X-Large / Grey Postage to UK only www.maverickskateparks.co.uk/

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Maverick Hoodie Medium Black

Maverick Hoodie Medium / Black Postage to UK only www.maverickskateparks.co.uk/

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Maverick Hoodie X Large Black

Maverick Hoodie X-Large / Black Postage to UK only www.maverickskateparks.co.uk/

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Beauty Treatment £50 Voucher

Offered by The Little Beauty Room: Get summer ready! A £50 voucher towards a treatment of your choice. https://www.gemslittlebeautyroom.com/ RRP£50

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Bowling Club Membership

Offered by Twyford Bowling Club A huge discount off annual membership at the Bowling Club (new members only). This is a generous discount and needs to be taken up by 28.06.24. Ideal if you are thinking of taking up a new hobby! RRP £98 https://www.twyfordbowlingclub.org.uk/community/twyford-bowling-club-18606/home/

£70 or more

Get fit for summer!

Offered by Fit 20: Mini membership - membership of Fit 20 for a month Expiry date: 31st August 2024. https://fit20.co.uk/ RRP £140

£70 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Quarter page advert space

Offred by RG10 Marketing. A quarter page advert in RG10 Magazine. Expiry 31.12.24. RRP £90

£100 or more

Buy us a keg!

We are launching our fundraiser on the Beer Festival weekend. If you are feeling generous help us out by buying us a keg! Thats a whopping 88 pints! We estimate the skatepark will need 131,000 pints of concrete. Please note that your 88 pints of concrete will go directly into the skatepark - you won't receive it! Thank you for helping make our skatepark project happen!

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Thorough Chiropractor / Physiotherapy Assessment

Offered by the Halsa Care Group: • A full and thorough physical examination by their experienced chiropractors. • X-rays if they are clinically required. • A detailed report of findings based on the examination results. • A comprehensive assessment with a qualified physiotherapist to address any specific needs or concerns. https://www.halsagroup.co.uk/ RRP £270

£150 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Full Chiropractor Assessment

Offered by Adapt Chiropractic Full chiropractic assessment, report of findings and xrays (if clinically required) RRP £250

£200 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Will written for Two

Offered by The Money Guardian Expires 30.07.24 RRP £345

£1,785 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Park bench with your name on!

Benches for the whole community to sit and enjoy watching the activity. The opportunity to purchase a bench with your family or business name on a plaque (up to 45 words - subject to approval).

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Bag a T-Shirt!

Maverick T-Shirt Large / Black Postage to UK only www.maverickskateparks.co.uk/

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Bag a T-Shirt

Maverick T-Shirt Small / Grey Postage to UK only www.maverickskateparks.co.uk/

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Bag a T-Shirt

Maverick T-Shirt Medium / Black Postage to UK only www.maverickskateparks.co.uk/

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Bag a T-Shirt - Large

Maverick T-Shirt Large / White Postage to UK only www.maverickskateparks.co.uk/

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Maverick Hoodie Medium Grey

Maverick Hoodie Medium / Grey Maverick design Postage to UK only www.maverickskateparks.co.uk/

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Maverick Hoodie

Maverick Hoodie Large / Black Postage to UK only www.maverickskateparks.co.uk/

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Stanlake Park Wine Estate

Voucher admits two guests on a Tasting Experience at Stanlake Park which can be held on any day within opening hours. The experience includes two glasses of a sparkling wine, two “Tasting Flights” (each one including a sample of three different wines) and one cheese and charcuterie sharing board with a basket of bread and butter. Alternatives will be offered for plant-based diets. Wines to be selected by Stanlake Park. RRP £45

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Meal for Two

Offered by La Fontana A dinner for two from their pizza or pasta range with a carafe of their house wine. Valid Monday to Thursday.

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