Plans for a poignant Holmfirth skate park have been submitted to Kirklees Council.

Organisers behind the Skate4Isaac campaign are delighted to have finally been able to submit proposals for the Sands Lane Recreation Ground, following two and a half years of fundraising in memory of tragic teen Isaac Atkinson.

The council’s Streetscene department has submitted the bid, after the group raised far above the £55,000 needed to transform the existing Huddersfield Road park.

If successful, it could enable the introduction of floodlights for late night practice, an increase in the park’s size from 264 to 720 square metres and new equipment.

Skate park at Sands Rec, Holmfirth, with tributes to the late Isaac Atkinson.
 

A spokeswoman for the group, Victoria Browning, said: “It’s brilliant news for everyone involved and we really feel we’ve made progress in the last few weeks.

“We are working through the figures but hope to have now raised £70,000 for the skate park.

“And we hope that this amount will continue to grow so that we can make the extension even better and more sustainable.

“We’re really thankful to Streetscene and the council, who have been working with us and will now lead the planning submission.”

The decision to extend the skate park was mooted by friends and family of Isaac, 14, who was found dead at his home after taking his own life in June 2012.

Skating had been one of his great passions and a bench commemorating his life has already been installed on the site.

Dozens of large-scale fundraisers have so far gone ahead, which included an art auction, an all-day music festival and carol concerts.

Several large donors have also contributed to their efforts, including The West Yorkshire and Riding Freemasons, Holme Valley Parish Council and the old Holme Valley district committee.

Victoria, added: “This year we are going to begin a fundraising partnership with Huddersfield Pendragon Round Table and we’ll be organising other events throughout the year.

“The tender process for the work is also going out this week so we hope to soon confirm the agreed design.

“We are also expecting a planning decision on February 13, which we hope will be positive.

“If this is the case, we hope to have the new park up and running by early summer but it would be amazing if it could be in place even earlier.”

The group will meet up at the skate park on Saturday with local MP Jason McCartney to discuss the future of the scheme.

Residents are able to make comments on the Kirklees planning website until January 25.