Published September 10, 2014 at 14:24
The new £120,000 state-of-the-art indoor BMX and skatepark is set to open on Saturday, September 20.
Final preparations are underway at Junction 4 ready for the grand opening in just over a weeks’ time.
Some local skaters and BMX riders have been testing their skills at the park which is situated at the former Blackburn Rovers Sports Academy building near Darwen Vale School. In the park there is a large street section and bespoke bowl with an ‘over vert’ and wall ride.
The skatepark will be used by hundreds of youngsters each week on BMX bikes, skateboards, inline Skates and Scooters. Junction4 is an indoor facility and will be open outside of school times just like all the other existing parks in the country.
Council leader Kate Hollern and Councillor Damian Talbot, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Young People, had a chance to look around the amazing facility this week and meet some of the riders who were testing it out.
Councillor Kate Hollern said:
The facility looks fantastic. I think it will be a real asset to the borough and help put us on the map. It is great that young people have been involved in the design and even the naming of the skatepark.”
Cllr Talbot added
The feedback from the riders who were testing the ramps and jumps was great. They are really pleased with how it has been built and I hope it attracts riders from all over the borough and encourages new riders to take up the sport.”
Listen to Cllr Kate Hollern and Cllr Damian Talbot talk about the new skatepark:
Also, listen to the manager of Cellblock, along with the manager of Junction 4, talk about what the new skatepark will mean for the area:
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