Brakes put on popular Clitheroe indoor skatepark

Skateboarders show off stunts (s)
Skateboarders show off stunts (s)
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Skateboarders, scooters and BMX bikers may have said goodbye to Clitheroe’s indoor skatepark, but they will soon be able to perfect their tricks in new premises.

Since 2012, an indoor skatepark had been operating from St Mary’s Centre in Church Street, but that closed for good on Saturday.

The indoor facility was originally custom-built and installed by the town’s skatepark manager Justin Willis and professional US skater Jud Heald, at the St Mary’s Centre on behalf of The Grand, Clitheroe.

Officials at The Grand also fund and operate the Clitheroe Skatepark in the Castle grounds, in conjunction with Ribble Valley Borough Council.

A spokesman said: “It was identified that users of the Clitheroe Skatepark didn’t have anywhere locally to go and continue their sport during the wet, winter months.

“So, the idea was formed to provide a temporary, mobile skatepark that could be set up and taken down and stored all indoors.”

“The initiative began back in November 2012 with afternoon sessions every weekend for six months between November and April through until this month. Sessions have been well and regularly attended by many local young skaters and scooters alike.

“The indoor facility has proven to be a real success and the outcomes are very positive.”

“There will be further opportunities for skaters on the outdoor park coming up, including the ‘King of the Castle’ competition and a festival at the end of June.”

Justin Willis added: “The indoor facility has created a real sense of community and it is great seeing young people develop skills, challenge and encourage each other in a safe space during the colder winter months.”

Steven Lancaster, executive director of The Grand, concluded: “We are grateful to St Mary’s for permitting use of the lower hall during the last six years and we will be considering alternative arrangements for the future.”