Barnoldswick skate park plan is ramped up

Tyler Gleave shows off his skills at Barnoldswick skate park.
Tyler Gleave shows off his skills at Barnoldswick skate park.

Ambitious plans have been announced to create a brand new sophisticated skate park in Barnoldswick to develop future skating talent.

Local councillors are backing the initiative after being approached by users of the existing skating area at Victory Park who feel it is no longer challenging enough.

A skater in action at Barnoldswick Skate Park. Photo by Northern Images Photography.

A skater in action at Barnoldswick Skate Park. Photo by Northern Images Photography.

A new Barnoldswick Skate Park group has been set up on Facebook and an initial meeting held to get the blades rolling on the project.

Group members are looking at skate parks in Clitheroe and Hebden Bridge as examples of successful ventures to emulate where people currently travel out of town to go to.

However, it is anticipated that creating a park that is the best in the North-West could cost up to £250,000.

Coun. Anthony Lancaster, vice-chairman of Barnoldswick Town Council and chairman of the newly-established Barnoldswick Skate Park Group, said: “We had a meeting with the children on Monday, August 3rd, down at the park to see what they had in mind and the response we got was fantastic.

“The kids showed really enthusiasm and a lot of promise, so much so, they are already planning ways to raise some money, including a fundraiser on September 27th.

“We are fully aware we have a lot of fund-raising to do. There will be one or two small grants we can get and a few small donations, but the rest will have to be raised.

“This week we have had the national Britain in Bloom judges visit to Barnoldswick and it has been incredible to see how the community has come together and what can be achieved.

“I’m hoping to plan meetings with charities and businesses, and I’m in the process of setting up the bank account.”

As well as both amateur skaters and those of semi-professional standard who use the existing park, there is the hope that creating a state-of-the-art facility could see it become a destination for both national and international users for years to come.

Coun. Lancaster added: “We have to be realistic about it. Do we want to rush it and create something that is dated and outgrown in 10 years time? Or do we want to take that bit longer to build something that is still valuable in 25 or 30 years?

“I know my brother who does BMX-ing travels all over and has even been abroad to different parks. I think there is definitely scope to make it a destination that people travel here for.”