Have your say on skate parks

A major new survey is under way to find out if more skate and BMX parks are wanted in the Lancaster district.

Monday, 11th January 2016, 3:17 pm
Updated Monday, 11th January 2016, 4:19 pm
Morecambe skate park.

Aimed mainly at children aged 10 and over, the survey aims to find out what type of facilities young people want.

Lancaster City Council currently runs two skate parks in the district, in Morecambe (between the Winter Gardens car park and Central Drive) and in Lancaster at Green Ayre.

There are new plans for a ‘pump track’ in Ryelands Park and a potential new park in Morecambe.

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A pump track is a bike course with slight hills. The rider propels himself by shifting his weight up and down to act against the angle of the hill without pedalling.

Coun David Smith, cabinet member with responsibility for parks and open spaces, said: “Skating, BMX riding and scooting are very popular sports in the area.

“Although we have some facilities, we are regularly approached with ideas on how our existing facilities can be developed and also suggestions for where we can develop something new.

“It’s time that we took a look at the bigger picture and what provision there needs to be across the district. Rather than building small sites it may be that one big facility is needed, or it may be that three or four parks at strategic sites would be best.

“We can’t make any promises and there’s no guarantee money will be available, but the results of this survey will help to develop a long term vision which funders require when they’re considering projects.”

To take part in the survey click HERE. The deadline for responses is Monday, February 8.