23 October 2008
A major new community centre will open in Aberbargoed next Spring following the closure of a skate park which has seen a decline is users over recent years.
The major new youth and community facility will open in April 2009 following extensive refurbishment works that will give the building a major facelift.
The site currently houses the Hanger81 skate park which opened in 2002. Although the facility was once a popular venue for young people, usage has dropped significantly and there has become a clear need to establish a new facility in the area that can be used by all sections of the community.
The new-look centre will boast a number of features including:
- A purpose built youth club and community area.
- Purpose built classroom facilities for both youth and adult use including IT facilities.
- A three-court Sports hall for physical activities.
- An upgrade of the present changing facilities.
- Improved security.
- Kitchen facilities.
CCBC cabinet member for Education, Cllr Phil Bevan said, "This exciting new facility will serve the whole community and provide a modern, fit for purpose centre in the heart of the village. Although we are disappointed to see the closure of Hanger81, we believe this new scheme will bring many more benefits to Aberbargoed and the surrounding communities."
Funding for the scheme has been secured through the Heads of the Valley Sustainable Regeneration Fund and through the Welsh Assembly Government.
Skateboarders, bmx riders and inline skaters will get the chance to enjoy a week of free use of Hanger81 during half term (Monday 27th – Friday 31st October) before the centre finally closes its doors following the final open day on the Friday.
For more information contact 01443 875886.
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