‘Sunken’ skatepark dream finally on show

Desiign for Fleetwood's new skatepark.
Desiign for Fleetwood's new skatepark.

Fleetwood’s seafront skate park is a step nearer reality with the plans being made public for the first time.

And the design for the facility has been created with the help of young skaters themselves.

An innovative sunken bowl design has been chosen as the way forward in place of more traditional ramps in order to provide something different from other skate parks on the Fylde coast.

With varying heights up to 6ft and a series of hips around the perimeter, the 19m by 12m facility has been created to suit both beginners and the more experienced.

It will also be multi-functional for skateboards, scooters, bikes and skates.

The skate park, in a corner of Marine Hall Gardens, is part of Wyre Council’s £1.5m Five For Fleetwood improvement scheme and plans were upgraded following a £20,000 donation from Fleetwood Town Council.

Coun Peter Murphy, cabinet member with responsibility for the Five For Fleetwood project, said: “The design is borne out of discussions with a working group of councillors and skaters themselves and it definitely makes the best use of available space and budget.

“We wanted to offer something a little different, something that would be well used and somehow fit into the surrounding landscape at the same time.

“We think we’ve achieved that, now we can’t wait to see it built and open.”

Coun Terry Rogers, chairman of Fleetwood Town Council, added: “It was our pleasure to contribute toward this great facility – another example of the two councils working together to enhance our seafront.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing young people from Fleetwood, in fact all over Wyre, making full use of the skate park once it opens.”

Fleetwood councillor Emma Anderton was an early champion of a skate park scheme for Fleetwood and has been involved in discussions from the beginning.

She said: “A lot of other towns on the Fylde coast have skate parks so it is great that Fleetwood is finally coming into line with them.

“What is good is that our design is different from those anywhere else around here and there has been input from our young people.

“Hopefully this skatepark will help attract more visitors to Fleetwood, as well as being a valuable facility for the town’s own skaters.”

She added: “Credit should go to the Wyre officers for bringing in this money.”