A state-of-the-art skate park has been approved by councillors to be built in Moor Park.Advertisement
Freestyle have been formally awarded a £320,000 contract for a skate park which is due to establish Preston as a go to place for skateboarding in the North West.
The grade-II listed park is seeing more than £2 million spent on restoration works, including the building of the skate park.
Councillors voted unanimously at a full council meeting on Thursday night at the Town Hall to back the creation of the skate park.
Cabinet member for community and environment, Councillor Robert Boswell, said: “Building the skate park is only the start of the major restoration work to be carried out at Moor Park.
“The skate park will be centrally located in the park with good public transport links and car parking, providing an attraction for young people and their families from across Lancashire and the North West.
“The iconic facility will benefit tens of thousands of children, young people and adults of all abilities and ethnic diversities, and provides another visitor attraction to enhance Preston’s offer.”
Preston Skatepark Project have been campaigning for a major skate park in the city for more than 12 years.
Bob Frost from Preston Skatepark Projects, added:
“The skate park has been a 12 year campaign and we, as a user group, are thrilled that our vision will finally be realised.
“Skateboarding offers those kids that don’t want to play team sports an alternative active lifestyle, when they want to do it, and on their own terms.”
Work is due to start on the skate park in April next year and be completed by late July.
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