Wheels Are In Motion
A £130,000 project to provide an exciting and cutting edge wheeled sports park for Kirk Hallam has been confirmed this week by Erewash Borough Council.
The fun facility will ensure a thrilling new platform for fans of all things wheeled – from skateboarders, in-line skaters and scooters through to BMX riders.
The sports park has been confirmed thanks to joint funding by the council, the Lottery-funded Big Local Kirk Hallam group and WREN, a not-for-profit business that awards grants to community projects.
All three organisations will now work together to look at the design and layout of the facility and will also talk to young people in Kirk Hallam to ask for their thoughts and their preferred design option.
Once agreed, the wheeled sports park will be built on the popular leisure site at the rear of Windsor Crescent, which is already home to sports pitches, a children’s play area, changing rooms and a multi-use sports area.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“This is fantastic news for Kirk Hallam and we are delighted that we can now get on with the project at a site which is becoming an excellent leisure and sport ‘hub’ for young people in the area.”
Hi comments were backed by Brian Cooper, Chair of Big Kirk Hallam:
“We are very pleased with the news – it’s a great Christmas present for the young people of Kirk Hallam. We have waited a long time for a new skate park and it has been a clear priority identified by residents in our consultation about how to spend the Big Kirk Hallam funding. We are looking forward to working in partnership with Erewash Borough Council and WREN.”
Preparation of suggested designs and consulting with young people will start early in the New Year and it is hoped that the completed wheeled sports park will be open by the summer of next year.