New sports hub opens


The latest in a network of sports hubs in Liverpool for skateboarders, BMX and scooter riders will be officially opened this week.

The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, will open the hub in Otterspool on Thursday 21 May when professional riders will give a spectacular display.

The new facility is part of the £1.5m capital funding allocated for schemes for young people.

A three month consultation took place with more than 1,000 young people to ensure the right facilities were built in preferred locations. The results of the consultation showed they want the sites to be multi-purpose for skates, skateboards, scooters and BMX bikes and be suitable for all abilities from beginners to advanced.

The new hub has state of the art ramps and slides in a concrete bowl and has been built  at a cost of £185,000 by leading  company Wheelscape.

At the launch event professional riders will show the hub’s capabilities with thrilling demonstrations of skateboard and BMX riding.

And there will be competitions for young people from local schools and youth organisations.Mayor Anderson said: “These sports have shown a great growth in popularity over the last few years with lots of young people participating. But there were no designated facilities in the city for them to develop their skills.

“We’ve listened to our young people who told us not only what they wanted but where the sites should be and what should be in them. They have been very heavily involved in their design and worked closely with the contractors.

“We promised young people we would not only listen to them but deliver on that and the new hub is proof that we have done that”

Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, added; “All of the five parks we are building have different designs, reflecting the diversity of the participants. It also gives them the opportunity to try out different skills at the various locations – it is a very exciting development for the city.”

The other sites where the parks are being developed are Scargreen-which opened last summer- Everton Park, Garston and Newsham Park.



Mayor Anderson at the new hub
Mayor Anderson at the new hub
Liverpool Waterfront