Input needed for skatepark dream

Youngsters at parkview 4u skatepark in Lytham. Fleetwood will hopefully have a park of its own like this soon.
Youngsters at parkview 4u skatepark in Lytham. Fleetwood will hopefully have a park of its own like this soon.

WE need YOUR ideas! That’s the message from Fleetwood Skatepark Group who met this week to set the wheels in motion for what could be the biggest facility in the area.

They want the skatepark big, well designed to suit all age groups and abilities and to rival any other across the Fylde Coast.

But they need input from the community, particularly from the town’s young people because they will be the ones who will use it.

The group met for their inaugural meeting at the Strawberry Gardens pub and set a date for an AGM where a formal committee will be voted in.

The public are invited to the meeting on Tuesday March 6 to voice their opinions, throw ideas in to the pot and get involved.

Fleetwood Town Councillor Terry Rogers, who spoke at this week’s meeting, is keen to help with the groundwork and has already identified four possible areas for the skatepark.

They include:

>> The sunken car park adjacent to the Marine Boating Lake

>> Land next to the rip wire children’s playground on Laidley’s Walk

>> The disused outdoor swimming pool

>> One of the defunct bowling greens in the Marine Gardens

He said: “The council is happy to help with the groundwork, finding and locating an area, helping with funding and planning, but the ideas need to come from the people of the town and from the committee.

Julie Lee, one of the organisers of the group said: “We are really pleased by the level of interest there is. We are hoping to see lots of kids turn up to the meeting because it is their ideas that we need. I am writing to schools too to ask for their support as well and we also need to hear from anyone who can help with funding or from children who can come up with some innovative fundraising ideas.” The planning and building of the skatepark could be organised by the skatepark committee themselves, but another option is drafting in a specialist company to see the project through. But that could cost up to £10,000. The meeting takes place at the Strawberry Gardens at 7.30pm. All are welcome.