Hopes ramped up for the launch of new KASET skatepark at Lynnsport in King’s Lynn

The Shed Skatepark at Lynnsport has been refurbished. Pictured is Lee Minor. Picture: Ian Burt

The Shed Skatepark at Lynnsport has been refurbished. Pictured is Lee Minor. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Alive Lynnsport in King's Lynn will be throwing a free barbeque event to mark the launch of its new skatepark.

The KASET skatepark, formerly known as the Shed, has been given a £290,000 facelift complete with mezzanine floor, a new area for beginners, an after-school club, shop and café.

Visitors will be able to take advantage of free open sessions, see demos by team riders and access free tuition and coaching at the launch on Saturday, May 27, 12pm to 6pm.

Music will be provided by local DJs demonstrating the connection between extreme sport and music. Prizes are up for grabs for those who dare to grab a board and show off their skills and tricks.

Peter Lemon, chairman of Alive Leisure, said: 'Over the years at the skatepark we have offered a safe environment for riders to practice their skills. This has produced international competing athletes from absolute beginners.

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'Now we can offer so much more than that with a specially-created facility that provides opportunities for coaching, workshops and watching the pros from the viewing areas.

'We are very grateful to the funders and supporters who have been involved in getting this project off the ground. What we've achieved together is absolutely fantastic.

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'We are the only skatepark within a 50-mile radius. With skateboarding to be included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games we are set to provide the very best facilities to get people involved in, and inspired by, these extreme sports. We might even produce the next Olympic skateboarding champion - who knows?'

Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk council's deputy leader and cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said: 'I am delighted with the work that has been done at KASET. It will provide many more people with the chance to get involved in a healthy lifestyle by taking up a less traditional activity.

The workshop and viewing areas will make it much easier for beginners to learn how to get started.'

KASET will be open Monday to Friday, 4pm - 10pm, and weekends from 10am - 6pm. Half term opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am - 10pm, and weekends from 10am - 6pm.

All skatepark users must register or become a member to use the skate park. For more information, visit the KASET website.

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