Makeover under way at the Shed Skatepark in King’s Lynn

Alive Leisure Chair Peter Lemon is joined by Elizabeth Nockolds, Ben Walker of WREN, and sponsored r

Alive Leisure Chair Peter Lemon is joined by Elizabeth Nockolds, Ben Walker of WREN, and sponsored riders to celebrate work starting on the improvements to The Shed. Picture: Alive Leisure - Credit: Archant

Work has started on a £260,000 revamp of a popular skatepark.

A mezzanine floor will be installed to create space for extreme sports at the Shed Skatepark, in King's Lynn.

It will include classrooms for workshops, viewing areas, an afterschool club, cafe and shop. The work will also include improved insulation to tackle the ongoing issue of condensation within the building, at Lynnsport, which will re-open in May.

Peter Lemon, chairman of Alive Leisure, said: 'We're delighted that work is starting on this project to relaunch the skatepark. Since the work was first announced we've managed to secure another £10,000 from Sport England's small grants scheme for a new beginners' ramp area.' 'We'll work with Skateboard England to become an accredited Qualification Centre, and improve the skills of both our coaches and participants. As skateboarding is due to be included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, this is the perfect time to get local people involved in this exciting sport.'

Sport England has also approved £123,170 of funding through their inspired facilities grants.

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Sport England property director Charles Johnston said: 'Since 2011, we've invested £102 million into more than 1,920 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs and transform non-sporting venues into vibrant community sports clubs.

'It's great to see The Shed Skatepark join the long list of successful clubs to benefit from this fund.'

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A further £50,000 has been secured from WREN, a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated through the landfill communities Fund.

Ben Walker, WREN's grant manager for Norfolk, says: 'We're delighted to be supporting The Shed Skatepark project and pleased our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for young people across Norfolk. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we're really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon'.

The remaining funding for the £267 project has come from West Norfolk council (£70,000), KLAS A £500 and £180 from fundraising events.

Elizabeth Nockolds West Norfolk's cabinet member for culture, said: 'We were delighted to contribute our funding to this exciting project. It's important that our borough has fit-for-purpose sports and leisure facilities to inspire local people to get active, and we're committed to making this happen. It's great that there's such a range of activities, from traditional to extreme sports like these. I look forward to seeing the centre when it reopens'.

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