FROM this weekend, young people in Adlington will have a new arena to finely-tune their skating skills when the Jubilee Recreation Ground skate park is officially opened.

Jubilee Recreation Ground is currently undergoing a dramatic transformation including the installation of a new state-of-the-art skate park.

The skate park, which has been designed in consultation with young people in Adlington, has taken around 12 weeks to complete and features quarterpipes, ledges, a jumpbox and a 180 degree rollover.

It is part of the first phase of improvements for Jubilee Recreation Ground, which has also seen the ball courts resurfaced, rebound fencing installed and the surrounding landscape enhanced. The improvements have been funded by section 106 money pledged by Bellway Homes following its development of Grove Farm in Adlington and Arley Homes, Heath Charnock.

The second phase of the development will see the installation of new play equipment on the site and should be completed in the spring.

Additionally, Chorley Council is working in partnership with Adlington Town Council to seek further funding for the third phase, which will see the resurfacing of the perimeter path and the installation of fitness equipment.

Councillor Bev Murray, who has responsibility for parks and open spaces at Chorley Council said: “The new skate park looks fantastic and is a major improvement to facilities for young people in the area.

"It is something local people said they wanted to see in Adlington and we are delighted it is now open for people to use."

An opening event for the skate park will take place on Saturday, November 15 at 11am and there will be competitions and prizes.

Anyone who wishes to attend the official opening of the skate park and have a go on the facilities must wear safety gear including a helmet and elbow and knee pads, however there will be some equipment available to borrow.

Anyone aged under 16 must have signed parental consent to take part in the event and forms will be available on the day or from secondary schools, Adlington primary schools, Adlington Library, the Co-op, Post Office, community centres and Chorley Council’s civic office on Union Street.