Indoor skate park in running for award

Excellence Awards Evening at the Roker Hotel, Sunderland - 'Park/Community of the Year' sponsored by Park Resorts went to Dexx Northeast.

Excellence Awards Evening at the Roker Hotel, Sunderland - 'Park/Community of the Year' sponsored by Park Resorts went to Dexx Northeast.

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AN INDOOR skate park is open once more and in the running for a What’s On Where award.

The newly branded venue, now known as Dockyard Sunderland, re-opened late last year after owner Derek Milligan was inundated with calls.

But he’s hoping for two boosts to keep the place in operation – an award win and interested people to come forward with funds for Dockyard Sunderland.

In December last year, Derek – who spent £200,000 of his own money to give kids somewhere to go – said he had been forced to throw in the towel due to funding difficulties. But he said today: “I have reopened the doors after I was inundated with phone calls to keep it open.”

The future success of Dockyard Sunderland, he said, lay in funding sources.

He added: “There comes a point where you look at what is available through the Lottery and Sport England. We are a not-for-profit organisation and if we can keep getting funding, that is the only way we can keep it going. I don’t know what the long-term outcome will be.”

Last year, the venue won the Park / Community Area of the Year title at the awards at a time when it was operating under its old name of Dexx North East.

It has since been re-branded as Dockyard Sunderland and gives skateboard, scooter and BMX bike enthusiasts a place to practice all year round in Woodbine Terrace, Pallion.

Anyone who can support the venture can contact Derek on 07885 911141 or email dekka2014@hotmail.com.

Reacting to the news that Dockyard Sunderland had been nominated again this year, Derek said: “It is great that people are thinking about us. That is all we can ask for.”

The awards are held in association with our weekly entertainments guide, Wow 24/7, and aim to reward the elite in everything from restaurants to children’s venues, takeaways, community areas and hotels.

We want you to nominate your favourites in each of the categories listed on this page. The deadline for entries is February 5, next year.

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