East Yorkshire man sells his house to build a skatepark

Published: Monday 20th April 2015 by KCFM

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The skatepark, near Beverley, was built by a local man who believed there wasn’t enough facilities for young people.

An East Yorkshire man has sold his own home to be able to open a brand new skatepark near Beverley.

It cost around £65,000 to be able to build the activities centre that boasts spaces for young people to socialise in.

As well as a skatepark, there’s pool tables, video games and a cafe.

The owner of Tasr Indoor Skatepark, Tony Thurston, says it’s already proving to be popular:

“We’ve got regulars from Bridlington, Driffield, Hornsea, the villages, and Hull. There isn’t many indoor skateparks around and because of that, you get people from everywhere. All I’m trying to do is give the young people somewhere safe to go.”

Tony’s two sons helped inspire the project, and even helped out with the building and designing of the space.

It’s now hoped it will be developed further, so youth groups may be able to book and use the space, as well as offering tokens that will allow deprived children to get access to a hot meal from the cafe and be able to socialise in a safe and dry environment.

Tony says he wants to bring back activities from his youth for today’s youngsters:

“I’m fifty this year, and I was brought up on Orchard Park. At that time, we had youth clubs to go to and play pool, play table tennis and just socialise, So really what I’m doing is, I’m just filling a need that’s not there at the minute.

“Otherwise I think they would be at home on their game stations. It’s almost like a different world, we’re socialising in a different way these days, and I think that it’s important to socialise face-to-face. Sometimes I think they just need to socialise in the old fashioned way.”

Tony says it was a big project to take on:

“It’s about 12,000 square feet. 8,000 square feet of it is a skatepark and 4,000 square feet is a nice recreation area. I just thought, ‘Why not?’ There’s very little for the young people to do in the Beverley area and this is just something else for them to do.”

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Published: Monday 20th April 2015 by KCFM

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