Last Update
May, 2018


The Works Skatepark

by Julia Ford

The Works Skate Park Charity is a unique centre of Sport and Education situated in Airedale industrial estate. The building one of Towngates older properties has been heavily adapted over the last 15 years to not only be the home of Leeds only Indoor Stakepark but now housing an indoor climbing wall, community café and education centre for children aged 6 – 21.

The growth of the charity has been supported all the way by Towngate with assistance, guidance and support in the development of the building. CEO Carl Harrison recognises that it would have be very difficult to imagine how the charity would have been able to grow and offer the services they provide without the continued support of Towngate,


“Towngate have been great friends to the charity over the years and have been far more than a landlord. The relationship we have with the team at Towngate has been invaluable and really impacted the sustainability long term of the charity. The means we have the confidence to reach out and support more families and young people.”

The Works Skate Park holds its 15th birthday this November, it’s with pride they can reflect on the work carried out in what was once an old factory. With hundreds of children and young people going through the doors weekly whether to use the free sports centre (Skate Park) offering BMX, Scooter, Roller boot or Skateboard coaching. In for a relaxed safe environment for young people and families in or café or into one of the community programmes running in our dance studio or learning spaces. The Education provisions provide a service working with local schools to offer an Off-site option for young people struggling to access mainstream education.

Carl commented “Towngate has led the way in supporting the charity and made it easier to show other organisations the value in the work we do and what a positive impact it has on our communities and all of our futures.”