Skate Jam to mark the opening of Castle Park’s new skate park

Image of skate boarder around text that says: Friday 18 August, 12-5pm at Castle Park
Pro-skaters and BMX demos will mark the official opening of Castle Park’s new skate park on Friday 18 August.

Action-packed displays, plus free practical workshops and competitions for budding skaters of all ages and abilities, will run from 12 to 5pm. Scooter riders are also very welcome to join in. 

Councillor Mione Goldspink, East Herts Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods said: “We are hoping for a great turn-out for this event and keeping our fingers crossed for good weather. The enhancements to Castle Park are now gathering pace and, once completed, will give Bishop’s Stortford a fantastic local amenity just minutes from the town centre.”

The skate park is situated to the north of the park, close to the recently opened Lawn Tennis Association accredited tennis courts. It is part of a major redevelopment of Castle Park which is being funded by a 2.5m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Community Fund, together with contributions from East Herts and Bishop’s Stortford Town Councils.

The improvements to the park include: 
•    A new community space, the Markwell Studio
•    A new café and terrace plus public loos which will include an accessible ‘changing place’ facility
•    New footpaths and bridge links over the River Stort to enhance connectivity and accessibility between Castle Park, Sworders Field and Castle Gardens
•    Habitat improvements along the River Stort  
•    Landscaping and lighting around the Waytemore Castle mound, including lighting of the motte at night, and improvements to the war memorial
•    The remains of the castle on the mound will be conserved and access improved

To find out more about the Skate Jam event, visit the Friends of Castle Park website at: