£4,000 more needed to fund BMX track

Multi use game area installed at Preesall Park in the first phase of its development. The second phase will see a BMX track installed and a skateboard half pipe.
Multi use game area installed at Preesall Park in the first phase of its development. The second phase will see a BMX track installed and a skateboard half pipe.

Preesall Park already boasts a new multi-use games area and youth shelter, but now the Friends of Preesall Park are hoping to raise funds to put in a BMX bike track.

Over a number of years and with help from various forms of funding Preesall Park has undergone a major transformation and has now become a main attraction for youngsters.

The park, which formerly was home to three poorly maintained football pitches, has already, at the request of the public, been given a mutli-use games area (MUGA) and youth shelter but now organisation Friends of Preesall Park want to move on to the next phase of the improvement project and make the wishes of the community come true.

Philip Orme Mayor of Preesall and chairman of Friends of Preesall Park said: “Preesall park was unkempt and just a general mess really.

“Well over £100,000 has been spent on the park so far and we have introduced a pathway, driveway, altered the entrance added a multi use games area and a youth shelter and most recently we had 40 trees planted by charity Veolia.

“We now want to get started on plans for a 30m by 15m BMX track which we are about £4,000 shy of the £11,000 costs.

“We have had money from various people and were awarded £1000 from the Swallowdale Children’s trust last year.

“We would very much like to have it done by the end of this year but it is just dependant on funding but we are hopeful that we will get there.”

The project, which was given £3,500 funding from Wyre Council is one of four projects that was identified for improvement by lead councillor member for Rural West Coun Julie Robinson.

Coun Julie Robinson said: “There wasn’t a lot of facilities for youngsters to do so we did need things for them.

“The BMX track will be good because there is nothing like it around here, I think the closest track is in Stanley Park in Blackpool so at least this track will be on a direct bus route for children to get too.”

Future plans for the park are also on the horizon with the hope that after the BMX track is installed, a skateboard half pipe and a perimeter track around the park will be put in.

There is also plans to install play equipment such as a zip wire and other teenage toy provisions to complete the project.

Already the park’s multi-use game area has generated interest from sports groups and is currently home to Wyre Juniors football team who will soon hopefully be joined by Wyre Borough’s Try Sport programme who have enquired about holding their Monday evening sessions on the game area.