A LONG-AWAITED sports facility will be opened in April.
Work started on building the “wheelspark” for skateboarding, in-line skating and BMXing in Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port on February 13.
The project will take about five weeks to finish, weather permitting, according to the borough council’s parks development officer Mary Lavery.
She says in a report: “The new facilities will be located in the youth area of the park, by the tennis courts and multi- games court.
“It will provide much- needed facilities for skateboarders, BMX riders and in-line skaters.”
The scheme has been funded by the borough council, Sport England, the Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN) group and community safety partners.
A launch event will be held on April 2 as part of the Community Sport Network celebrations.
Back in 2004 the now- disbanded Friends of Whitby Park group chaired by Eric Bowler sent out questionnaires to schools across the town in an attempt to gauge support for the “wheelspark”.
Mr Bowler said at the time that 850 of them were returned, all supporting the idea.
The “wheelspark” will be run by a committee of 13 youngsters who have now been selected.
Meanwhile, Ellesmere Port & Neston Rugby Development Forum is working towards a funding bid to help deliver and develop rugby in the borough.
It has just finished its second annual development plan, outlining forthcoming opportunities for participation, competitions, volunteering and coaching/education.
To achieve these aims, the group is working with the council, Cheshire Oaks Sporting Links Partnership, the Rugby Football Union, Ellesmere Port RFU and West Cheshire College.