A COUPLE are set to open Hartlepool’s first ever indoor skate, bike and scooter park after being inspired by their stunt-mad son.
Helen Hugill, 42, and Richard Faulding, 46, own the empty former Part-Co building in Avenue Road, Hartlepool, and were racking their brains with ideas of what to do with it.
As their 11-year-old son Luke Faulding is mad on scooters and struggles to find indoor facilities to carry out his hobby, the couple decided that an under-cover skateboard, BMX and scooter park would fit perfectly into their unoccupied premises.
Helen and Richard put their proposals before Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning chiefs and the pair were given the green light.
Now they would like youngsters from the town to come forward with their own ideas as to what they would like to see in the new facility, which the family have decided to call Trixx.
They would also love any arty students to decorate the inside of the park – which will initially employ between three to five people in the early stages - with graffiti to give it a hip, trendy feel.
Mum-of-one Helen, who lives at West Park, Hartlepool, with Richard and Luke, said: “We’ve had the property for a lot of years which we’ve rented out, but it’s been stood empty since last December.
“The idea of a skate park came to us because my son Luke is mental on scooters and there’s nothing in our area for him. The nearest place is Redcar which is quite a trek.
“We just thought we’d go for it and were over the moon when the planning department gave us permission so now we’re just ready and raring to go.”
She added: “We’ve had some plans drawn up to take to skate park manufacturers, but we’d like the community to be involved if possible so we’d be very grateful if youths who are interested in this would come forward and tell us what they would like. We’re going to arrange an open night so people can come along and see it, then we can take the ideas to the manufacturers and see if they’re workable.
“We’re all really excited about the project and we just can’t wait to get moving.”
Councillor Cath Hill, portfolio holder for children’s and community services, congratulated Helen and Richard on their up-coming business idea, saying: “Any new facilities such as this which benefit the young people of Hartlepool are to be welcomed.
“It’s such great news the several new jobs are to be created initially, with the potential for more to follow.
“I would like to wish Helen and Richard good luck with their new venture.”
Helen said details of the open ideas night will be arranged and publicised in the Mail over the next couple of weeks.
But anyone who would like to contact her or Richard beforehand can do so on 07723 370320 or 07971 985148.