A SKATEPARK near Chester - said to be the oldest indoor facility in the country - is facing closure unless vital funds are secured.

The owners and fans of The Boneyard in Tattenhall are now appealing for people to donate whatever they can to ensure its long-term survival.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up by BMX expert Owain Clegg has already secured a whopping £3,250.

He said that a combination of factors had meant more people were skating and riding outside rather than using indoor parks.

He said: “I for one cannot imagine how my life would have been without The Boneyard it has given fantastic opportunities to see the world and build invaluable skills I have taken into adulthood.

“Over recent years with dry summers and unfortunately dryer winters the draw of outside has hit the skatepark dramatically. The Boneyard is non-profit and survives in a shoe string that is why we are asking for your help to give us the breathing room to ride this current storm.”

The park was established in 1996 by Carol Dzelzainis who wanted somewhere for her son and other extreme sports fans to practice their tricks.

Since then management has been handed down from generation to generation it has made a name for itself as the place to go for any budding skater or BMX rider.

The Boneyard has held some “legendary contests, videos premiers, pro demos and through the coaching sessions developed some amazing riders, skaters, in liners,” Owain said.

He added: “The Boneyard has never been or ever will be a profitable organisation, it serves as a safe and friendly environment for all ages and genders as a place to come and have fun, push yourself and more often than not make lifelong friends.”

The Standard reported in November last year that the park had been burgled at a cost of around £2,000 in repairs and stolen items.

At the time its managers said it had already proved to be a tough year.

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