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Cycling champ sets wheels in motion to bring new skate park to Stourbridge
8:30am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
A FORMER champion cyclist is gearing up to bring an indoor skate and BMX park back to Stourbridge.
Gavin Pardoe, a former national time trial and road race champion, aims to transform an empty warehouse in Mill Race Lane into a £200,000 new state-of-the-art facility for skaters, BMX-ers and scooter riders.
The new urban recreation centre, which will be called unit3sixty, will feature a world championship standard indoor skate park with the latest ramps, rails and jumps; an intermediate level skate park for BMX-ers, skateboarders and scooter riders; and a mini balance bike course for two to five-year-olds.
Father-of-two Gavin, aged 40, said youngsters have been yearning for such a facility since the closure of the town’s first and only indoor skate park Ramparts, which was based underneath the old Bell Street multi-storey car park - and he added: “There’s a huge potential following for this sort of thing.”
Gavin, who works as watch commander at Stourbridge Fire Station, also hopes to kit out the 22,000 square foot venue with a DJ school, graffiti walls, a street dance academy, a cafe and music and jammin’ rooms for young musicians.
The project, which will be run as a community interest company, has won the support of young skate and bike fans across the town plus Dudley Council’s deputy leader - councillor Pete Lowe (Labour’s prospective Parliamentary candidate for Stourbridge) who says “it would be an excellent addition to Stourbridge”.
Planning permission, however, has yet to be sought for the venture - and Gavin still needs to raise the £175,000 to £200,000 set up costs needed but he hopes to open the facility by the end of the year.
He said: “I’m applying for anything and everything at the moment; we’d also be keen to hear from any philanthropists interested in getting on board.”
A consultation event will be held in the next few weeks which the public are invited to attend to meet ramp builders as Gavin wants “local bmx riders, skateboarders, skaters and scooter riders to be involved in the design of the skate park”.
Youngsters are invited to enter a competition to design a logo for the park which will be used on unit3sixty’s website, Facebook and Twitter accounts and throughout the premises.
To find out more about the venture or the competition visit website unit3sixty.com or facebook.com/unit3sixty
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