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Thamesmead’s first ever skate park was opened last week by a pro-BMX competitor

PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:56 01 August 2017

Finley Giles in action at Thamesmead's new skate park

Finley Giles in action at Thamesmead's new skate park

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Isaac Lesser also helped to build the skate park

Young skaters rode onto a new skate park in Thamesmead for the first time last week, even picking up some tips up from a pro.

The town’s first ever skate park was opened on Friday, with BMX competitor Isaac Lesser, who helped build the park on Curlew Close, on hand to give skate and BMX tips, as well as a quick demonstration.

“Purpose build skate parks like this are a great, safe environment for young people to practice their skills,” said Mr Lesser.

“If you ride a skate park you do so within your own limits so you have control over your safety and what you are doing. I’m pleased young people in Thamesmead now have access to this great facility.”

Local lad Finley Giles, 10, said: “Having this so close to home is fantastic and means I can come here regularly and skate more often with my mates.”

Curlew Close skate park is the fourth space for youngsters to play in created this year by local housing group, Peabody, after the installation of St John Fisher and Manorway Green parks as well as an outdoor gym at Middle Way.

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