MTV star among first to try Pilton skatepark
HUNDREDS gathered to watch Michael Eavis unveil Pilton’s new community skatepark on Saturday, including a star of MTV’s Dirty Sanchez.
The skatepark, officially opened at Pilton Show, has taken years of planning and fundraising by the Glastonbury Festival organiser and Mendip District Council.
Mr Eavis said: “We’ve been working on it about five years, getting planning permission and funds.
“It’s lovely for the kids.
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“We’ve got lots of children in the village and to finally see them playing in the park is unbelievable.”
Funding for the skate park, located off Pylle Road, came from Mendip District Council and Glastonbury Festival.
Company 1skateparks designed and built the area. Building started at the end of July this year.
Marc Churchill, design director, said: “It’s completely unique. We took ideas to the council and users to make sure it would tick all the boxes.”
Project manager Rob Kearle said: “It’s been brilliant fun and the kids love it which is what it’s all about.”
Among the horde of young skaters was Lee Dainton, best known for his antics on Dirty Sanchez.
Mr Dainton was filming people skating around the park to feature in a promotional video for his company Kill City Skateboards.
He said: “The video will help promote the park to kids in the area and will go in some skateboarding magazines.
“I’ve skated since I was a kid but it’s different now from when I was growing up – it’s more mainstream and on TV.
“Kids are growing up with options like BMX and skates and can all ride in the same place.
“Skateparks are as important as football or rugby pitches.”