Skateboarders and gym lovers have given the thumbs up to the £5m revamp of two leisure centres after the plans went on public display for the first time.
The re-development of Poulton and Thornton leisure centres has been welcomed by residents who viewed the proposals at Thornton Little Theatre yesterday.
An indoor skate park, a 10-pin bowling arena, two five-a-side artificial pitches and improved fitness and dance facilities will feature in Thornton Leisure Centre, on Victoria Road East.
Jake Powell, 22, of Fleetwood Road, Thornton, says he is looking forward to using the purpose built skate park at the Wyre Council and YMCA centre instead of travelling to Blackpool.
He said: “The new facilities look fantastic and I’m excited to see them improved because I never thought it would happen.
The fact we are going to have somewhere inside which is local is an improvement.
“Ramp City is a great place but it takes a long time to get there, but with this you can get a tram or walk for 20 minutes because it’s an ideal location.
“The plans have persuaded me to use the gym as well as the skate park.”
Luke McCluskey, 22, of Fleetwood Road, added: “It will benefit everybody from kids using scooters to skateboarders and roller-bladers.
“It’s going to be impressive if it comes off and the centre is going to look totally different.”
Additional fitness space and a new spa facility, including an aroma steam room, sauna and plunge pool are some of the changes at Poulton’s Breck Road leisure centre.
Ray Bill, 64, of Breck Road, Poulton, added: “I’m very pleased because Poulton is such a small leisure centre at the moment so any extensions to it have got to be a good thing.
“I hope it will bring more people into the towns, which is what any improvements should do and have a positive effect on people living in the area.”
Ian Munro, head of leisure at Wyre Council, said: “When I talk to colleagues in other parts of the county there are a lot of authorities losing facilities because of the reduction in Government grants.
“We are probably one of only a few that are investing money into the centres to the benefit of the community and the business.”
Plans will be submitted shortly and are expected to be considered by Wyre Council in February.