A wheely good time to be had

Richard Faulding pictured in the new Trxx skate park.
Richard Faulding pictured in the new Trxx skate park.
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HARTLEPOOL’S first indoor skate park is set to open tomorrow.

Trixx, in Avenue Road, is opening its doors to skate, scooter and bike-mad youngsters thanks to town couple Helen Hugill, 42, and Richard Faulding, 46.

The pair came up with the idea of the indoor park, suitable for most wheeled contraptions, after seeing their scooter-loving son Luke, 11, struggle to find anywhere in town to practice his hobby indoors.

So after being granted permission from Hartlepool Borough Council to launch Trixx, the pair set about designing the site and had a range of tracks and ramps shipped in from America.

And after months of hard work, the skate park, which is situated in the former Part-Co building opposite Hartlepool Police Station, is finally ready and will swing open the doors to its first customers at 10am tomorrow.

Mum-of-one Helen, who lives at West Park, Hartlepool, with Richard and Luke, said: “We are really excited and we’ve had a lot of positive feedback so far.

“We’ve even had people knocking on the door wanting to know when it’s going to be ready and now it finally is.”

She added: “We’re just hoping that people enjoy it and we hope it serves its purpose.

“It’s a good way of keeping kids from just hanging around the streets and it’s just another activity in town to occupy them.

“There’s nothing else like it in Hartlepool at the minute so it will give them somewhere to hang around with their friends at night or at weekends.”

Wheely-mad kids, who must wear helmets, will be able to challenge themselves with a host of ramps and tracks including a “box” for flips and tricks, a half-pipe and quarter pipes.

There is also a shop selling refreshments.

Trixx will be open from 10am until 10pm tomorrow for youngsters of all ages, with parental consent, and costs £5 for two hours. For further details and opening times telephone 07971985148.