A skate park planned for a city park will move a step closer to becoming a reality at a council meeting next week.
The plans to create the skate park in Moor Park formed part of Preston Council’s bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to transform the area.
In the summer it was confirmed the authority would receive £1.7m from the HLF towards the entire £2.2m plan for the park.
Now the council has chosen a developer called Freestyle to create the new regional skate park and is asking the authority to approve the £320,000 contract.
The contract to build the skate park is the first contract to be procured as part of the scheme.
A report due before a meeting of full council on December 11 said: “A key part of Phase 1 of the Moor Park restoration scheme is the creation of a free form concrete skate park which will establish Preston as a regional centre of excellence for skateboarding.
“The Council is working in partnership with Preston Skatepark Project (PSP), a local user group who have campaigned for the creation of a skate park in the City for over 12 years.
“The members of PSP have visited the best skate parks in the world and have received support for the project from over 1000 individuals on social media.”
It added: “The project team have procured the services of a specialist skate park contractor through a detailed procurement exercise
“The successful company was Freestyle, one of the leading skate park construction companies in the UK. The value is £320,000 for a design and build contract.”
Coun David Borrow, who represents the Moor Park ward, said: “This is a smashing scheme. It is something the council has wanted to do for several years and made several funding bids. It’s in the corner of the park virtually opposite the Tom Finney statue which is seen by skate boarders, parents and residents as probably the best place for it to be.
“It’s a fair distance from anyone’s house and it’s in a very visible place so youngsters using it will not be hidden away. I think it is really good news for skate boarders and youngsters in the city.”
The overall plan for Moor Park includes improvements to the tree stock, entrance features, main car park, the recreation of an ornamental garden and the refurbishment of a stone grotto.
And more gardeners will be hired to ensure the park and lake is maintained once the project is complete.