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It's skate of the art in Belfast's new park

By John Mulgrew

Skaters across Belfast have finally got their wish after six years with a newly-built state-of-the-art skatepark in the city centre.

The Bridges Urban Sports Park, located under the M3 flyover at Nelson Street, will give extreme sports fans the chance to perform all manner of tricks and stunts in a safe environment.

Belfast Urban Sports, which worked hand-in-hand with Belfast city council, finally realised its dream with the help of local skaters, BMX riders and roller-bladers.

Secretary Liam Lynch said: "We got together in 2006 because people in the city really wanted a skate park.

"We found out what we needed, signed a sports development plan and went back and basically said we want to be your partners."

The ambitious project, which cost around £500,000, includes a 6ft capsule bowl leading into a "world-class" skate park.

Liam said he was hugely impressed with the project's outcome.

"This project was successful because all the skate and BMX community came together - that was purely because everyone worked back to back," he said.

"It's fantastic seeing it all come together. It took us six years but we got there in the end. The whole project is going to be free and open to the public and can be enjoyed by the whole community."

The park will have its official unveiling on July 7.

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