Just £7,000 more is needed to access grants to build Shepton a new skatepark.
The skatepark appeal has just breached the £70,000 threshold. This achievement was made possible by two businesses which have links with the town who gave £8,725 between them. One gave an anonymous £5,000 donation. The rest came from Aster Communities.
Another £1,000 boost to the skatepark came from The Club in Shepton High Street. Owner Tina Bridgeman came up with the idea of selling 'Save Shepton Skate Park' wristbands that have been sold at local events over the past six months. Wristbands can still be bought from The Club, Penny's Sweets and the Tourist Information Centre.
Andrew Rainsford, member of The Friends of Shepton Mallet Recreation (FRESH), said: "A local charity is likely to be able to donate a further £3,000, so we have a gap of only £7,000 to fill to reach our £80,000 target.
"Once we reach £80,000 we can submit applications for grants for the final £120,000 needed to build the park to a combination of four bodies, three of whom have requested that applications are submitted at that point.
The fourth is a major trust that supports projects when they are getting close to conclusion.
"This has only been possible due to the tremendous efforts and generosity of the people of Shepton. It really is one last push – there are 18 collection boxes around town where people can donate.
"FRESH have held the first meeting with people who will be using the facility. They sat down and looked at what has been built elsewhere and have taken the best features to include in a design for Shepton."
Mr Rainsford added: "This is the start of an exciting process and we hope to involve as many people as possible in that as it develops."
If you would like to know more or would like to get involved go to www.shepton skatepark.co.uk or email support@sheptonskate park.co.uk
The committee meets every first Sunday of the month at the Horseshoe pub in Bowlish at 8pm. All are welcome.