Mum urges Chesterfield businesses to help make indoor skate park dream a reality

Skateboard fans with Kerry.
Skateboard fans with Kerry.
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A mum who hopes to open an indoor skate park in Chesterfield is urging businesses to help make her dream a reality.

Kerry Cunningham-Ravey wants to transform the former Zanzibar nightclub, in Cavandish Street, into a safe place for the town’s young people to skateboard.

Kerry, who hopes to open the Rampage Indoor Skate Park within the next year, is now calling on generous firms to provide financial backing for the project.

She said: “This is an opportunity to provide a safe, positive and fun environment for young people to play and grow as individuals.

“This would be a unique and much-needed facility for the youth of Chesterfield and surrounding areas.

“I’m appealing for local businesses to invest in this exciting project and help make this dream of mine and many young people a reality.”

Kerry said she came up with the idea after taking her two children to an outdoor skate park.

She said: “On arrival I was greeted with drinking, smoking, swearing and other unsavoury behaviour.

“This was coming from much older people and I had no option but to remove my children after just seven minutes.”

There are only three indoor skate parks for children and young adults within 20 miles of Chesterfield.

Kerry voiced concern about Chesterfield’s outdoor skate park near the Derbyshire Times’ offices at Spire Walk Business Park.

Firefighters tackled two blazes at the facility within the space of two weeks last month.

“Our young people deserve far better than this,” she said.

Businesses in the area which can help should contact Kerry by emailing kerryshannoncunningham@gmail.com

Kerry gave special thanks to Lambs Cupcakes of Chesterfield, the first business to invest in the scheme.