Open for business: County councillor Tim Ashton cuts the tape to open the skate park Photo No: RSMKW030309-H-17 by Keith Walter
Youngsters are deligh- ted with a new £80,000 skate park which opened this week.
The land behind the youth centre in Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, has been transformed from an empty, rundown space into place for the village's skaters to try new tricks.
Skater Max Whicher, 16, of Craddocks Avenue, told the Advertiser: "It looks really good and there have been many people using it.
"Everyone seems to be really enjoying it and I think it's going to be a good thing for Ashtead because at the moment it's getting a lot of attention.
"All the people I have spoken to said it looks great and I think it's wicked."
Roller-blader Mike Andrew, 18, added: "I can tell I will have a lot of fun here because the ramps look really smooth and there are some really good rails.
"I think it will encourage lots of younger kids to learn to skate."
The scheme to put the skate park in the village was proposed by the Ashtead Skate Park Partnership, consisting of county and district councillors, residents and skaters.
The partnership raised the money needed by getting funds from Mole Valley District Council and various youth award schemes. Surrey County Council also contributed £6,500 to install CCTV.
The village's county councillor Tim Ashton, who is part of the group, officially opened the skate park on Tuesday and was delighted with how it looked.
He said: "All the youngsters seem to be really happy with it and some of the kids have said it's better than the Leatherhead skate parks and that it's great.
"It has taken a couple of years to get to this point and it's been a real community effort to get a skate park here and the people involved have worked tremendously hard to make it a reality.
"The skate park is going to be great because it's just another facility for children in the village to enjoy."
Mr Ashton said he is also going to raise money to put benches on the skate park because that was something youngsters have asked for.