SKATERS, scooter fans and BMX riders in North Tyneside now have an indoor facility to practise their grinds and other stunts on.
Hundreds of youngsters have already inquired about using the new skate park in North Shields, officially opened last week.
Part of the bill for the facility, at the YMCA building in North Shields, was picked up by the Sita Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund.
It was designed in consultation with the skateboarders, BMX users, roller-bladers and scooter fanatics now taking advantage of it.
Borough mayor Linda Arkley officially opened the skate park, accompanied by councillors and North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon.
Mrs Arkley said: “This is a great occasion for the borough and shows the YMCA’s commitment to providing services that matter.”
North Tyneside YMCA chief executive Dean Titterton said: “We are truly proud of this facility and excited about what the future holds.
“The YMCA is committed to continuous improvement and providing services that the community have said they need.
“This is phase one of what we hope is a two-phase project that will see further facilities added to the academy, such as DJing studios, a street dance area, graffiti art space, as well as a teaching space.
“We are actively seeking funding to deliver phase two and hope to progress with it in the near future.”
The facility is open seven days a week for public skate, scooter and BMX sessions, organised activities and lessons, as well as for private hire and birthday party sessions.
Visit www.ymcanorthtyneside.org for more details.