Indoor skate park founders appeal for help to reach £100,000 funding target

Ned Butterfield, 13, at the new skate park in Faverdale, Darlington

Ned Butterfield, 13, at the new skate park in Faverdale, Darlington

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A NEW indoor skate park that has already proved a huge hit with enthusiasts from around the region is looking for community support to help raise the last £10,000 of its fundraising target.

The Darlington Indoor Skate Park, based in the former Amdega warehouse on Faverdale Industrial Estate, opened its doors to riders and skaters in February, despite only being half complete.

Almost 400 people enjoyed the new street circuit during a short test period in February before it closed again to complete the second half of the facility – a number of handbuilt ramps.

Organisers hope the completed skate park will be open at the end of this month, in time for the Easter holidays, but need to raise the final £10,000 of its £100,000 budget to complete work on the toilets and cafe area.

Nigel Potter, of 4Motion, the charity behind the skate park, said businesses and volunteers had already helped to make the facility a success, but that a final push is needed to reach the finishing line.

Mr Potter said: “The feedback from all users, including parents, has all been positive both about the ramps, the setup and the feel of the place as a safe and well-run facility.

“Many are already saying it’s one of the best indoor parks in the North-East and we have only finished half of it.

“Many people are supporting the project in a variety of ways with grants and funding, gifts in kind, reduced charges and using contacts, which has made a massive difference.

“Any ideas of how to raise the final £10,000 will be gratefully received.”

More information about the skate park can be found on the 4Motion Facebook page and at 4motiondarlington.org

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