Skate park opens in former Darlington warehouse

Skate park opens in former Darlington warehouse

FREE WHEELING: A BMX rider at the new skate park in Darlington

WELL USED: Skaters and riders enjoy the facilities at Darlington's new skate park

WELL USED: Skaters and riders enjoy the facilities at Darlington's new skate park

NO HANDS: A BMX rider shows off his skills

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A FORMER warehouse which had stood derelict for four years has been transformed into an indoor skate park following a £100,000 makeover.

The skate park can accommodate up to 100 skaters and BMX riders on the Faverdale Industrial Estate, in Darlington.

It was fully opened on Saturday (April 5), following a five-week partial opening in January.

The formal opening marked the end of a long fundraising and building project – a joint venture between Darlington Gymnastics Club and 4Motion, a charity dedicated to supporting wheeled sports in the town.

It has taken 8,500 metres of timber, some 35,000 screws and countless hours of work and preparation to bring the skate park to life.

Project manager Nigel Potter, of 4Motion, said Saturday’s opening went well.

He said: “Saturday was a really good day, we got loads of great feedback about the ramps and it is great to have the full park open.

“We are really pleased with what we have achieved, it has been really positive and I would say we were probably about three quarters full all day on Saturday.”

Skaters and riders can turn up and pay to use the facilities, or book in advance, with group bookings also being taken.

The park will host competitions and training sessions, said Mr Potter.

He added: “I would like to say a big thank you to all the local businesses and volunteers that have helped along the way.

“We have had some really big input from people. Without that, we would not have got as good a park as we have got.

“It’s something great for young people and something great for Darlington.”

The idea for a skate park in the former conservatory warehouse was first mooted three years ago, with planning permission granted a year ago.

Builders merchants Jewsons adopted the skate park as its community project and has supplied many of the materials.

For more information, visit 4motiondarlington.org or call the skate park on 01325-460550.

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5:50pm Sun 6 Apr 14

cushybutterfield says...

Best of luck. Its perplexing in a way when you read 18 and 19 and 2O Year old were flying Spitfires and WW2, defending Britain's freedom and survival, yet some of the ******same age in ******this generation play on daft BMX Bikes........Eh Beam me up to *******'Grown Up'......Scottie..
Best of luck. Its perplexing in a way when you read 18 and 19 and 2O Year old were flying Spitfires and WW2, defending Britain's freedom and survival, yet some of the ******same age in ******this generation play on daft BMX Bikes........Eh Beam me up to *******'Grown Up'......Scottie.. cushybutterfield
  • Score: -27

5:53pm Sun 6 Apr 14

cushybutterfield says...

It amazing, a few generations before 18 19 and 2O Year Olds were Flying Spitfires for Britain's survival and freedom, yet some (not all) of the ***same ***age in todays generation are still playing on somewhat childish BMX Bikes. **Beam me up to ********Grown Up******* Scottie-Land.
It amazing, a few generations before 18 19 and 2O Year Olds were Flying Spitfires for Britain's survival and freedom, yet some (not all) of the ***same ***age in todays generation are still playing on somewhat childish BMX Bikes. **Beam me up to ********Grown Up******* Scottie-Land. cushybutterfield
  • Score: -21

6:20pm Sun 6 Apr 14

studio says...

Get a grip cushy. I don't think the requirement for teenage spitfire pilots is required in 2014?

Things have changed, I`m not a BMX or scooter rider, but my children are. This is a profession where a great deal of money can be made not just by the pro`s ( which is what they actually are ) Merchandising, sponsorship deals etc are worth a huge amount of money world-wide.

For me i think this is a great. after watching the success of a similar facility in Richmond, I really hope this takes off and gives the more adventurous kids of Darlington and the surrounding area`s a rainy day place to exercise, enjoy themselves and make new friends.

Surely better than sitting on an iPad / android or games console!
Get a grip cushy. I don't think the requirement for teenage spitfire pilots is required in 2014? Things have changed, I`m not a BMX or scooter rider, but my children are. This is a profession where a great deal of money can be made not just by the pro`s ( which is what they actually are ) Merchandising, sponsorship deals etc are worth a huge amount of money world-wide. For me i think this is a great. after watching the success of a similar facility in Richmond, I really hope this takes off and gives the more adventurous kids of Darlington and the surrounding area`s a rainy day place to exercise, enjoy themselves and make new friends. Surely better than sitting on an iPad / android or games console! studio
  • Score: 28

6:25pm Sun 6 Apr 14

JJ2000 says...

It's good to see something constructive being built for the young ones.
It's good to see something constructive being built for the young ones. JJ2000
  • Score: 21

12:40pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Spy Boy says...

cushybutterfield wrote:
Best of luck. Its perplexing in a way when you read 18 and 19 and 2O Year old were flying Spitfires and WW2, defending Britain's freedom and survival, yet some of the ******same age in ******this generation play on daft BMX Bikes........Eh Beam me up to *******'Grown Up'......Scottie..
And a lot of our children of a similar age are joining the Forces and facing up similar challenges right at this minute. The centre is for leisure pursuits. There were leisure pursuits in the 30's too, but when the drums began to roll, the youth of Britain stood up. Who is to say that they wouldn't do the same now?
[quote][p][bold]cushybutterfield[/bold] wrote: Best of luck. Its perplexing in a way when you read 18 and 19 and 2O Year old were flying Spitfires and WW2, defending Britain's freedom and survival, yet some of the ******same age in ******this generation play on daft BMX Bikes........Eh Beam me up to *******'Grown Up'......Scottie..[/p][/quote]And a lot of our children of a similar age are joining the Forces and facing up similar challenges right at this minute. The centre is for leisure pursuits. There were leisure pursuits in the 30's too, but when the drums began to roll, the youth of Britain stood up. Who is to say that they wouldn't do the same now? Spy Boy
  • Score: 6

12:50pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Saint Crow says...

Good for them!
I'd much rather they spend their time there than on the pavements getting in people's way, and i'm sure the guys and girls themselves would prefer to be in a purpose built place.
Everyone wins in this it seems.
Good for them! I'd much rather they spend their time there than on the pavements getting in people's way, and i'm sure the guys and girls themselves would prefer to be in a purpose built place. Everyone wins in this it seems. Saint Crow
  • Score: 7

3:55pm Mon 7 Apr 14

cushybutterfield says...

I tried to play for a draw but was soundly defeated. I humbly rest my case.
I tried to play for a draw but was soundly defeated. I humbly rest my case. cushybutterfield
  • Score: -6

5:23pm Mon 7 Apr 14

NOTODDEN says...

studio wrote:
Get a grip cushy. I don't think the requirement for teenage spitfire pilots is required in 2014?

Things have changed, I`m not a BMX or scooter rider, but my children are. This is a profession where a great deal of money can be made not just by the pro`s ( which is what they actually are ) Merchandising, sponsorship deals etc are worth a huge amount of money world-wide.

For me i think this is a great. after watching the success of a similar facility in Richmond, I really hope this takes off and gives the more adventurous kids of Darlington and the surrounding area`s a rainy day place to exercise, enjoy themselves and make new friends.

Surely better than sitting on an iPad / android or games console!
Very well said.
[quote][p][bold]studio[/bold] wrote: Get a grip cushy. I don't think the requirement for teenage spitfire pilots is required in 2014? Things have changed, I`m not a BMX or scooter rider, but my children are. This is a profession where a great deal of money can be made not just by the pro`s ( which is what they actually are ) Merchandising, sponsorship deals etc are worth a huge amount of money world-wide. For me i think this is a great. after watching the success of a similar facility in Richmond, I really hope this takes off and gives the more adventurous kids of Darlington and the surrounding area`s a rainy day place to exercise, enjoy themselves and make new friends. Surely better than sitting on an iPad / android or games console![/p][/quote]Very well said. NOTODDEN
  • Score: 6

6:45pm Mon 7 Apr 14

pdaledurham says...

Dear Cushy, as for stepping up to the mark, our so called boys went to war, a war that was OUR war, not all these so called wars, that have nothing at all to do with us. If this skate park keeps my boy happy, fit and healthy then what is your problem? the boy in the picture is my boy, he's 17, never been in bother with the police, doesnt hang out on street corners looking for trouble, he likes riding his bike, is that so wrong?? As for stepping up to the mark, if we do actually have a war in which we are put at risk in our own country then im sure he will 'step up to the mark' along with all the other decent 17, 18, 19 and 20 year olds
Dear Cushy, as for stepping up to the mark, our so called boys went to war, a war that was OUR war, not all these so called wars, that have nothing at all to do with us. If this skate park keeps my boy happy, fit and healthy then what is your problem? the boy in the picture is my boy, he's 17, never been in bother with the police, doesnt hang out on street corners looking for trouble, he likes riding his bike, is that so wrong?? As for stepping up to the mark, if we do actually have a war in which we are put at risk in our own country then im sure he will 'step up to the mark' along with all the other decent 17, 18, 19 and 20 year olds pdaledurham
  • Score: 9

9:24pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Jonn says...

cushybutterfield wrote:
Best of luck. Its perplexing in a way when you read 18 and 19 and 2O Year old were flying Spitfires and WW2, defending Britain's freedom and survival, yet some of the ******same age in ******this generation play on daft BMX Bikes........Eh Beam me up to *******'Grown Up'......Scottie..
You're such a ars@hole. You know that, don't you.
[quote][p][bold]cushybutterfield[/bold] wrote: Best of luck. Its perplexing in a way when you read 18 and 19 and 2O Year old were flying Spitfires and WW2, defending Britain's freedom and survival, yet some of the ******same age in ******this generation play on daft BMX Bikes........Eh Beam me up to *******'Grown Up'......Scottie..[/p][/quote]You're such a ars@hole. You know that, don't you. Jonn
  • Score: 7

8:17am Tue 8 Apr 14

studio says...

pdaledurham wrote:
Dear Cushy, as for stepping up to the mark, our so called boys went to war, a war that was OUR war, not all these so called wars, that have nothing at all to do with us. If this skate park keeps my boy happy, fit and healthy then what is your problem? the boy in the picture is my boy, he's 17, never been in bother with the police, doesnt hang out on street corners looking for trouble, he likes riding his bike, is that so wrong?? As for stepping up to the mark, if we do actually have a war in which we are put at risk in our own country then im sure he will 'step up to the mark' along with all the other decent 17, 18, 19 and 20 year olds
Struggled to find words for this. One was " Brilliant "
[quote][p][bold]pdaledurham[/bold] wrote: Dear Cushy, as for stepping up to the mark, our so called boys went to war, a war that was OUR war, not all these so called wars, that have nothing at all to do with us. If this skate park keeps my boy happy, fit and healthy then what is your problem? the boy in the picture is my boy, he's 17, never been in bother with the police, doesnt hang out on street corners looking for trouble, he likes riding his bike, is that so wrong?? As for stepping up to the mark, if we do actually have a war in which we are put at risk in our own country then im sure he will 'step up to the mark' along with all the other decent 17, 18, 19 and 20 year olds[/p][/quote]Struggled to find words for this. One was " Brilliant " studio
  • Score: 5

6:48pm Tue 8 Apr 14

itwasnotme says...

cushy needs too leave home sharpish being 36 and all ;)
cushy needs too leave home sharpish being 36 and all ;) itwasnotme
  • Score: 0

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