A SKATEPARK which has nurtured local talent and developed an international reputation has announced ambitious plans to expand and cement its role as a hub for extreme sports.
Representatives of the X-Site Skatepark, Skegness, addressed Skegness Town Council at its latest meeting on Wednesday providing an update on the centre’s progress so far and highlighting their future aspirations for it. Centre manager Nick Bray said: “X-Site has rapidly become recognised as an important facility amongst the youth and extreme sports user groups - the association is now keen to explore opportunities for further expanding its operations.
“The skatepark is often at full capacity now and we believe that it is time to get behind phase four of the project to maximise our offer and also to alter the current layout into one that you would expect from a thriving attraction and one of the stand out facilities of its kind anywhere in the UK.”
Mr Bray and his colleague Toby Walker told councillors about all the prestigious national competitions the skatepark has hosted since its inception six years ago, and the many talented local youngsters which have blossomed to international standing thanks to its first class facilities.
Following a number of small scale enhancements, the centre now intends to carry out extensive improvements to ‘appeal to a broader range of users interested in extreme, beach, art, cultural and other leisure activities.’
Inclusions provisionally scheduled for the project include a beginners and disabled area, an extension to the indoor area, an arts and media suite, a bouldering wall, a viewing gallery and much more.
Having learnt of plans formulated by Skegness residents to re-establish a roller rink in the town, Coun Sue Binch, suggested that the expansion consider the inclusion of such a facility.
One of the driving forces behind the roller rink campaign Matthew Coutts also addressed the meeting, suggesting a roller rink could be ‘the other half of the coin’ to the extreme side of sports already catered for.,
Mr Bray explained that the centre currently lacked the required flat space to host a roller-rink but it was ‘definitely something we want to work with’ as part of the expansion.
Coun Neil Cooper recommended utilising the sea as Skegness’s ‘best asset’ and Coun Mark Anderson was keen to see prices maintained at an affordable level - which Mr Bray confirmed would be the case.
Councillors gave emphatic praise to Mr Bray and Mr Walker for their achievements so far and support for their future aspirations.
Mayor of Skegness Coun Steve Kirk said: “I don’t think the town has cottoned on to the fact that the centre is not just a blue and silver building at the end of the foreshore - it’s got an international reputation.”
And Coun Gary Ellis said that ‘Skegness owes a debt of gratitude to yourselves for the work you have put in.”