King’s Lynn skatepark work will start in October

Celebration of investement works to Shed Skatepark Lynn Sport Pictured  front Jack Hobson with committee. ANL-160526-122335009
Celebration of investement works to Shed Skatepark Lynn Sport Pictured front Jack Hobson with committee. ANL-160526-122335009

In total the Alive Leisure facility has secured a total of £246,000 for improvements to be made.

Work, which will start in October, includes better insulation to tackle the ongoing issue of condensation within the building and the installation of a mezzanine floor to create space for a range of activities to encourage take up of extreme sports.

These will include classrooms for workshops, viewing areas, an afterschool club, cafe and shop. It is hoped that work should be completed early January 2017.

Peter Lemon, Chairman of Alive Leisure, said: “We are thrilled that we have secured this funding, which will mean we can offer more reliable opening hours to our customers and do more grassroots work to get people into skateboarding, skating and BMX. I would like to thank all the funders and everyone who has helped us evidence the need for this investment. We are now looking forward to getting the work under way.”

Sport England have approved the funding through Inspired Facilities grants.

Sport England property director, Charles Johnston, said: “It’s great to see The Shed Skatepark join the long list of successful clubs to benefit from this fund.”

Kerry Talbot, WREN’s grant manager for Cambridgeshire/Norfolk, said: “WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon”.

The remaining funding has come from the West Norfolk Council (£70,000), Garfield Weston Foundation (£2,500) and KLAS A £500.

Elizabeth Nockolds, cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, added: “We are delighted to support the funding application with some match funding which shows our commitment to ensuring that we have fit-for-purpose leisure facilities.”