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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Couple unveil vision for Barrow indoor BMX track

A FORMER semi-pro BMX rider and his wife have bought a plot of land to build a bike and skate park for local children which could create up to 10 new jobs.

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ON TRACK Jason and Jane Keith in front of land at James Freel Close in Barrow, where they hope to build an indoor BMX track and skatepark for local children JON GRANGER REF: 50048118B001

Jane and Jason Keith are waiting for the green light from Barrow Borough Council so they can go ahead with their ambitious plans.

The couple, from Priors Walk, Ireleth, also plan to lay on a minibus to bring in youngsters from Millom and the more rural areas such as Haverthwaite, Cark and Flookburgh.

Mrs Keith explained how her husband had been a semi-pro BMX rider and had competed all other the country.

She said about two years ago they decided that they wanted to set up a bike park in Barrow and started looking for land.

The 42-year-old said that, after a setback, they acquired a plot in James Freel Close, Barrow, and were now waiting for planning permission to build the indoor track.

As well as bikes, UrbanExtreme Ltd will be open to scooters, skateboards and in-line skaters.

The couple hope to get funding for the indoor track from the Big Lottery among others.

Mrs Keith, a mother of three boys aged nine, seven and four, said: “We have been looking at other skate parks around the country and always come away feeling very positive and we know something like this would be great locally. Those attending would pay a fee of about £6 or £7 or £10 for a full day which is a lot less that some parks are charging.

“We aim to keep prices down and run it as a charity.

“We really think it will work and we are hoping we get positive feedback about our plans.

“Hopefully, if we get funding, we will buy a 16 or 18-seater minibus and go to the more rural areas and up to Millom. Alternatively, the kids from Millom could use the train and we could pick them up from the station.”

The couple want to use local business to build the skate park and get local schools involved with the design. They would initially employ five people, increasing to about 10 as business picked up.

Mr Keith, 43, said: “We hope we can create an atmosphere where people want to spend a lot of time there. The kids of Cumbria deserve this.”

The couple have set up a Facebook page called UrbanExtreme Indoor Skate Park Barrow-in-Furness.

Have your say

Awesome!!! Hope this gets permission to start proceedings ASAP
This will be a huge success.

Posted by Heidz on 26 May 2013 at 03:42

This is great. About time as we don't have the weather to keep the skaters/BMXers and scooter culture going all year round. Good luck with this!

Posted by MMX Event Events on 17 May 2013 at 14:41

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