A decade long campaign for a major skate park in Preston has finally been given the go ahead by Preston Council.
Preston Skate Park Project have had their plans for a skate park at the edge of Moor Park opposite Deepdale stadium approved by the council.
The group, who have been campaigning since 2001, consists of 300 members with four making up the formal board. They will now be applying for funding from Sport England for the site which will cost around £250,000 for a park that will also be developed for BMXers and inline skaters.
Robert Frost, Chairman of Preston Skate Park Project, said: “We’re really chuffed. Over the last three or four years the campaign has really picked up pace. The people at the council are on board, so are the planning departments, so are the parks.
“We’ve presented at PACT meetings, we’ve chatted to different Friends groups and we’ve got support all over the place.
“We’re also stressing that it isn’t council money, it’s all being funded from the National Lottery, and we’re going to submit the bid for funding from Sport England as part of the Iconic Facilities bid”
If successful with funding, the group hope to have the skate park built by the end of the 2012 Guild year, with the new park becoming a flagship facility for the whole of Lancashire.
According to the planning application, the park will have no age restriction and will be permanently open to all members of the local community as well as those travelling from further afield, also acting as a boost to local shops in the area.
“Moor Park is the most easily accessible park for most people in Preston, and there aren’t any big parks in Lancashire that are accessible for most people.
“Since the 1980s there hasn’t been a good place in Preston, so hopefully this will change that” said Frost.
The plans will also form part of a scheme to develop the infrastructure of Moor Park, improving drainage and paths around the park.
You can view a plan of where the skate park is due to be built on the map below as well as an artists’ impression of the finished park, and find out more about the campaign on their Facebook page.
View Proposed Moor Park Skate Park in a larger map
Main photo by the_exploratorium on Flickr