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State-of-the art skatepark in the frame for Great Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 16:33 21 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:33 21 January 2016

Members of the skateboarding community were shcoked to find the Park Warehouse in Main Cross Road, Great Yarmouth, had closed

Members of the skateboarding community were shcoked to find the Park Warehouse in Main Cross Road, Great Yarmouth, had closed

Geraldine Scott

Extreme sports enthusiasts are being asked to help shape ambitious plans for a new-build skate park possibly with an eco twist.

It comes after a petition sparked by the sudden closure of The Park Warehouse in Main Cross Road, Great Yarmouth, gathered over 3500 signatures in just a few days.

The project is being lead by skaters themselves with the support of Voluntary Norfolk and the Coastal Communites Team, which works to promote the night-time economy.

Skateboarder Sam Harrons, said the warehouse was a huge part of his childhood and wanted today’s youngsters to benefit in the way that he had.

Now 25, he said he still enjoyed the occasional adrenaline-fuelled session with his mates, many of whom now had children of their own.

He said: “It is important for kids to have what I had. It was an incredible park. They got is so right the first time.”

Skateboarders, bladers, BMX riders and scooter riders are invited to have their say on what should be included and how it should be run at a consultation day at St George’s Theatre tomorrow, Saturday, 11-3pm.

During the event there will creative zones, games, and refreshments.

It will be followed by an after-party in the Pavilion cafe with four live bands.

Organisers hope to harvest a wealth of ideas as well as recruit more hands to help behind the scenes building the not-for-profit company.

Tom Richards, senior community development officer, based at Comeunity in King Street, said he had been amazed by the level of support and encouragement achieved so far with hundreds adding their voices via social media.

Although no site had been identified, if everything went to plan it was possible the bespoke facility would be opening next year.

Because all sites were made to order it was impossible to put a price on the skatepark. But once they had a better idea of what the sporting community wanted work would begin to unlock grants with the lottery fund being among targeted big-givers.

Supporters say the venue would be unique and a big draw for large numbers of people.

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