New sports hub opened in Liverpool

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Action Sports Hub in Newsham © Liverpool Express

Action Sports Hub in Newsham © Liverpool Express

Newsham Park welcomed a new addition to its grounds at the weekend as Mayor Joe Anderson opened the fifth Action Sports Hub.

This is the final hub made as part of a £1.5m Council programme which has seen five sports hubs set up around the city to provide a space for skaters and bikers.

The other four Action Sports Hubs are located in Scargreen, Garston, Otterspool and Everton Park, all of which have received a positive response.

Liverpool City Council consulted more than 1,000 young people to ensure the right direction of the project. The consultation took place over three months where decisions were made about what facilities would be built and where.

The community wanted the Sports Hub to be suitable for all abilities and to provide a space for skates, skateboards, scooters and BMX bikes.

Anderson told the Liverpool Express: “This initiative has been driven by the young people of the city. They told us what they wanted and we have delivered it in full.

“All the hubs are different, they have been individually designed and have their own characteristics but the one thing they have in common is that they are proving extremely popular. Even though it has not been officially opened the one in Newsham Park has seen a lot of skateboarders and BMX riders trying it out and it’s great that they have been able to have a new facility in half term week.”

The new Action Sports Hub in Newsham Park cost £250,000 from funding allocated to youth projects. The city council is looking to allocate a sponsor to each site to support maintenance costs so as that they remain well-maintained.

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