A NEW park has been given a flipping good welcome as it was launched with a stunning display.
The Community North Wheeled Sports Park was opened up to skaters, cyclists and scooter riders with a special event which saw the 3Sixty Bicycle Stunt Team perform tricks for their followers.
Visitors were then given the chance to try out their own skills on the slopes, with young people playing a part in setting up the park after campaigning for it to be built.
The park, next to Downhill Sports Complex, cost £71,550 to create, with £37,158 of that from Sunderland City Council’s strategic initiatives board, and £34,392 from cash donated by a housing developer.
Sunderland’s Mayor, Bob Heron, was also on hand to see how youngsters were beginning to make the most of the park.
He said: “It is a real pleasure to see the park opening here.
“We hope the new facilities will encourage even more young people to come along and see what’s available and to get involved. These complexes are all about providing facilities where young people can take part in urban sports, develop their skills and have fun.
“Bikers and skateboarders need somewhere like this to practise along with their friends and fellow enthusiasts.
“Our wheeled sports parks provide popular community attractions enjoyed by thousands of young people every year.”
The event also offered the chance to remind skaters and riders about the importance of wearing safety gear and helmets to reduce the risk of accident or injury when playing on the parks throughout Wearside.
It was run by Active Sunderland, Sunderland City Council and backed by the See It Do It scheme.
The council has set up others in Silksworth, Fulwell, at Herrington Country Park and in Houghton, with Washington then added last August.
A series of events is running to show visitors how to make the most of the parks.
The next will be at Herrington Country Park on the weekend of June 14 and 15 from noon until 5pm, followed by Sunderland seafront as part of the International Airshow, also from noon until 5pm, then at the North Area Playing Field and Washington Riding Centre from noon until 3.30pm on Saturday, August 3, and then as part of Sunderland BIG Walk on Sunday, September 14, at the National Glass Centre.
For more details, call Active Sunderland on 561 4598 or visit www.activesunderland.org.uk.