The ribbon has finally been cut on Scarborough’s new multi-millon pound community centre.
The state-of-the-art hub, named The Street, opened its doors to the public today (Saturday February 16).
Casting it’s shadow over the adjacent William Street Coach Park, the building took ten months to build at a total cost of £6.5 million.
However, the project is a decade in a making, and for some of the youth and community groups looking to benefit from the centre, there is elation that their dream project is now a reality.
“It’s amazing”, said arts coordinator James Koppert, who was helping with youth classes at the centre.
“It’s been a long time coming and the town has really been crying out for something like this.
“It’s just great that it’s finally here. There are just better facilities here so that we can do a higher level of work.”
Young and old alike were on hand at the opening to not only have a first glance at the building, but also to try their hand at some of the activities on offer.
Youngsters were able to try their hand at graffiti and music, and workshops were also in place for children and teenagers to try their hand at circus skills, scrap percussion and felt making.
Besides the giant climbing wall inside, daredevils could also learn tricks on the mobile skate park outside.
And visitors were clearly impressed with the centre. Lisa Riley was visiting with a group of young children, and she was full of praise for the development and what it offers young people in the town.
She said: “I did have a look around the other day, and I think the climbing wall looks great, and the children are really excited about trying some of the activities.
“This area did need something doing to it, and if it brings people and businesses to the town, then it’s a good thing.”
The open space development contains dozens of office spaces that are available for lease.
Prior to the opening, 70 per cent of the building was occupied, housing 25 charities and social enterprises,
Among these are Bill Holmes and Julie Dixon of the Scarborough Art Therapy group.
Julie feels that by having various groups under one roof will allow in house networking, which can only do good for the community and town.
She added: “We like it here as previously we were working at home, and this is far lighter and airier.”
The group is hoping to hold sessions for youngsters in the town, and Julie added: “We really hope the centre will attract in the youth of Scarborough, and we are looking at holding a Saturday group in the future.
“What we don’t want is for this to be somewhere youngsters feel they have to skulk into. We want this to be somewhere young people can feel pride in coming.”