Preston indoor skate park opening in March

Michael Hunt

Northern Extreme Parks said it plans to open its indoor skate park and youth centre within the first week of March.

Surrey-based Fearless Ramps was appointed as contractor to fit-out The Arc Skatepark Preston; a company with 25 years experience on similar projects across the country.

The 15,000 sq ft warehouse property, previously occupied by graphic designers Format Imagining, is located on School Street, just off Bow Lane, which can be accessed off Ringway.

Plans include a café, indoor sports shop, and facilities for local bands to use.

Andrew Cowgill, founder and chairman of Northern Extreme Parks, told Place: "We've just launched our website for the indoor skate park which has a video showing the construction progress of the facility.

"We need another £15,000-£20,000 to reach our target of £140,000 to refurbish the whole property, but that won't stop it from opening in the first week of March. We need the remaining funding to open a café and shop. We've received plenty of funding support already and hope it continues."

Cowgill added a membership scheme is being set up for use of the facilities for skateboarders, BMX bikers and in-line skaters.

Prices include:

  • £40 for a year's membership, allowing reduced entry fee
  • £6 for 4-5 hour session for members
  • £7 for 4-5 hour session for non-members
  • £12 for all-day session for members
  • £14 for all-day session for non-members

Northern Extreme Parks leased the property for ten years from Herbygreen Properties for an undisclosed sum and has an option for a further ten years. Robert Pinkus & Co acted on behalf of the landlord.

Your Comments

this is amazing – if only more of these were built. People complain about youth hanging around causing problems.. places like these are essential to give youths what they want and put there energy into in a positive way.. i don’t know why it is so hard to get these built – but communitites and local councils are normally so oppossed to getting these built!

By Kaydee

Erm, isn’t like the ceiling to low?

I used to be able to grab more air than that back in the day when I rode BMX. Dudes will be smashing through the rooflights in this indoor park!

By Rad Brad

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