Skate park

Young people were the driving force for plans to create Blackburn with Darwen’s first ever indoor skate-park.

At several Your Agenda events, organised by Councillor Kate Hollern, leader of the Council, to get the views of young people, the lack of a facility was continuously brought up.

The Council has now worked with young people and has announced plans for one to be based  in the former Blackburn Rovers Sports Academy building (BRSA) near to Darwen Vale School, after the Football Foundation, which provided grant funding when BRSA, was built agreed to the change of use.

It will be a multi- purpose facility which can be used by BMX bikes, skateboards, roller blades and scooters.

At present people have to travel to Preston and Manchester for indoor skate facilities and to Clitheroe and Blackpool for good quality outdoor skateparks. 

There is a clear demand and the situation of BRSA is ideal for local residents - being on the main bus route between Darwen and Blackburn, and on a cycle route from the local train stations - for those coming from further afield - being just off junction 4 of the M65.

Councillor Hollern said: ”I have met hundreds of young people as part of the Your Agenda meetings and this has been clearly been one of their priorities. It came up time and time again and we pledged to look into.

“I am delighted to announce that one will be opening this summer and it will be a brand new, modern facility which young people will be involved in designing.”

Councillor Damian Talbot, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Young People, said, “This will be an excellent facility for young people and adults and will help them get more active in a fun and exciting way. It is ideally located between the two towns.

“We have been working with an experienced designer of indoor skate facilities and will now look to consult with local skate users as well.”

Paul Bury - The Cellblock BMX shop Blackburn, said: "This is fantastic news for the town and for the local young riders - a facility has been needed in the borough for a long time. We have hundreds of riders in the Borough including internationally renowned professionals and they have had to travel out of town to ride. This will encourage new riders to participate in the sports and give the existing locals a place to call their own."

Anthony Ramsey - Owner Art Ramp Parks – Blackburn added: "Art Ramp Parks are working closely with the local young skaters and riders to produce a facility that will be different from all other ramp parks in the UK. The Park will be designed to suit the local riding styles and to help progress each of the sports, this will also attract riders from all over the world. The park will be of a standard to hold international competitions and will put Blackburn firmly on the map."

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