A huge skate park is opening in Leyland.
A grandfather of 13 has spent £100,000 transforming a rundown warehouse into a new indoor attraction, which he hopes will help keep youths off the streets.
Peter Chandler, 64, from Hugh Lane, recognised Leyland’s need for a skate area after teens raised the issue at community meetings.
He previously used the storage space on Talbot Road for his furniture business before retiring, but his new venture will mean children and teens who enjoy using skate boards, scooters, BMX bikes and in-line skates will now have somewhere safe to practice.
Peter said: “The people of Leyland really want something like this, and I came up with the idea after my 10-year-old grandson Ryan went to a skate party in Preston.
“He and his friends had a fantastic time, and I finally thought of a great way to use the warehouse, which has been empty for a while now.
“It’s 10,000 square feet, and there will be lots of different sizes of ramps, as well as facilities such as toilets, a viewing gallery, and vending machines.
“Maybe in the future, we can open a proper little snack cafe there too.
“We will charge on the door, and I think it’s going to be really popular.”
Work on the venue, which is called The Warehouse Leyland, has already started, and the ramps are set to be installed next month.
Peter aims to open the skate park in July in time for the school summer holidays, and the business will be run by his sons Steven and Andrew Chandler, and daughter Julie Chandler-Parsons.
“This is all new to me,” he added. “So I hope people give me some feedback about what they want the skate park to be like.
“At the moment, I’m thinking it would be a good move to hold sessions for different age groups and abilities, for skate boards, scooters, BMX bikes and in-line skates.
“People will also be able to rent the items, because they can be so expensive, and I know there is a demand for this type of thing.
“There’s a mini-skate park next to Leyland leisure centre, but it’s too small, and a lot of children end up using their skate boards and scooters on the streets, which can be dangerous.”
The design has been drawn up by Carve Skate Park Designs, and includes various sizes of ramps and quarter pipes.
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