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Additional skateboarding facilities set to be introduced in St. Helier.

Skate-friendly benches will be installed at a park in Jersey.

The benches in Millennium Park will be part of a one-year pilot to provide more skating facilities. The government said the furniture had been made locally and could be used for sitting and skating.

Deputy Lucy Stephenson, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure with responsibility for Sport, said they recognised the popularity of skating in Jersey. "This is our first step towards making skate facilities a permanent feature in St Helier, while we continue our work to develop a new town skatepark which will replace the New North Quay Skatepark," she said.

Ms Stephenson said the new skatepark at Les Quennevais had been "very popular" and "we recognise the importance of providing facilities in town and are focusing on this".

Daco Fernandes, the vice president of the Jersey Skateparks Association, said the benches would make skateboarding and wheeled sports "more accessible". "We're really pleased that these new facilities are happening in St Helier and look forward to announcing more developments soon," he said. The benches will be placed in one area towards the back of the park.


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