Construction is set to get underway on the new Croydon Youth Zone.
It has been announced that the construction on the £6 million Croydon Youth Zone, which will be called Legacy – will hopefully begin at the end of February 2018, with the aim to be open by April 2019.
It will be built at the site of the former Whitehorse Youth Centre, in Whitehorse Road. The aim is for the two-storey building to give young people “somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to”.
Plans show the proposed facility will offer at least 20 activities and have a floodlit outdoor sports pitch, a fitness gym, a specialist gym for boxing and martial arts and an indoor climbing wall.There will also be an arts, crafts and fashion area, a performing arts studio and a music suite kitted out with instruments and recording equipment.
National charity OnSide will run the centre, which aims to develop “a network of 21st century youth centres”.
So far £6 million capital funding has been secured to develop Legacy, made up of £3.25 million from the council and £2.75 million from other organisations.
It is hoped the centre will create 15 full time and 35 part time jobs as well as more than 100 placements for volunteers.
OnSide anticipate at least 3,000 young people from Croydon will register as members, with 1,500 visitors expected each week.
Details of an annual membership cost of £5, plus 50p per visit, have been suggested.
Croydon Council Leader, Tony Newman, has called the project “the most exciting opening in the borough for some time”.