A FORMER youth pastor has seen his dream of transforming a disused storage warehouse into a skate park come true.
Andy Putt, who previously worked for St John’s Church, will open StreetLight – a park, community centre and cafe for young people – at 6pm on Friday, March 28.
It follows more than a year of hard work, during which Andy left his job to pursue the plans full-time.
He said: “It’s all going really well – we’re ahead of schedule, and that’s because of the generosity and hard work of people who have supported us.
“It’s been absolutely unbelievable. We’ve had so much help with the financial side of things, from grants and from individuals. That’s the reason we’ve been able to open so quickly.”
After leaving work, Andy met the owners of Shears Brothers Transport Ltd, who wanted to rent out an unsued warehouse on the Stone Lane Industrial Estate.
It was then that his plans for the skate park began moving more quickly.
He said: “Ever since then, time has just flown by.
“It’s really taking shape now. It’s amazing to see it happen like this. The main aim for us is that it’s a hub for the community in Christian surroundings.”
Youngsters aged eight to 18 will have the chance to use their BMXs, scooters and skateboards at the park, which will feature ramos, quarter pipes, a spine, a jump box and more.
There will also be a 150-seater cafe for use by those of all ages, a children’s play area and a pool table.
Andy said: “We just can’t wait to get started.
“We are hopeful that this is going to be a big success with people from all over the county.”
Before the official opening, there will be a pray and worship event from 7.30pm to 9pm on February 15.
For details or to volunteer your help with the project email firstname.lastname@example.org