YOUNG people in Airedale were handed the keys to the future yesterday as a new £5m community centre prepared to open its doors.
Wakefield Council’s leader Coun Peter Box handed over the keys to The Hut on Kershaw Avenue, Airedale, ahead of its official opening in September.
The fantastic new facility includes a four lane ten pin bowling alley, sports and performance hall, games room, cinema, a cyber café, and recording studio.
It also features a games area, Adizone outdoor gym and a floodlit all-weather pitch.
The project has been put together after the council successfully bid for cash from the government’s national Myplace programme administered by the Big Lottery.
The scheme was one of only 41 selected out of more than 300 applicants.
The bid was put together in partnership with Wakefield Council and the Chrysalis Youth and Community Project, who attended yesterday’s event. Young people involved in the project helped write the funding bid, worked with architects to design the centre, chose the furniture and worked out how the centre can be used.
Coun Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council, said: “This is a great example of the council, voluntary sector, young people and the wider community all getting together to make things happen.
“We want to see The Hut become a base for volunteers and community groups to get new activities for young people up and running across the district – particularly in those areas where there is little for young people to do in the evenings and at weekends.”
“Young people will be fully involved in managing the centre, giving them a great opportunity to make their voices heard and show what they can achieve.”
For more information or to set up a youth group visit www.thehutairedale.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01977 550250.