Youngsters in Lynn are a step closer to getting a new improved skatepark thanks to a £48,200 grant from WREN.
The money will be used to install a mezzanine floor and redevelop the facilities at the Shed Skate Park, in Greenpark Avenue, which is a hugely popular hangout for skaters, skateboarders, scooter riders and BMXers.
Once in place the floor will allow owners Alive Lynnsport to create classrooms and a computer suite for delivering coaching workshops and after-school clubs
It will also facilitate:
n A shop and maintenance area
n A photography suite and DJ workshop area/band practice room.
n A crash/chill-out zone, with pool table and sofas
n A spectator/filming area
n A café serving hot food
It will also allow the Shed to become an accredited BMX/Skate/Scooter qualification centre.
Alive Leisure applied for the grant after consulting with young people, parents, residents and groups including King’s Lynn Adrenaline Sports Association (KLAS-A).
The improvements are dependent on further funding from Sport England, which will also enable the centre to be weatherproofed.
This will reduce the threat of condensation on the ramps – a health and safety issue which, has in the past, forced it to close up to 30 days a year.
Alive Leisure is expecting to hear whether it has been awarded this extra funding in September.
If successful, all the improvements are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Simon McKenna, Chief Executive for Alive Leisure says: “We are extremely grateful to WREN for helping us deliver this project and provide the facilities that young people deserve in our area.
“Once complete the Shed redevelopment will cater for all ages and abilities and be a real asset to the local community.”
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Sarah Gosling, WREN’s grant manager for Norfolk, says: “We are delighted to be supporting this project and pleased our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for young people across King’s Lynn and the wider area. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities.”