East Devon's cutting edge skate park in Exmouth will be ready for use from Wednesday 14 September

Cutting edge sprayed concrete skate park will soon be ready for action at Phear Park in Exmouth

Work on East Devon District Council’s £150,000 capital funded skate park at Phear Park in Exmouth has progressed well and the council is anticipating that development of the new cutting edge facility will be complete and open to use on Wednesday 19 September 2018.

However, in the meantime, the council is asking skaters to refrain from entering the park as the concrete needs a few days to fully cure before being ready to be ridden on. This is extremely important as being used too soon could compromise the long term success of the facility.

The project, which has been led from inception by East Devon, started with the demolition of the old wooden equipment in June 2018 and construction of the high quality replacement concrete skate park by industry specialists Maverick Industries Ltd commenced on 9 July.

Prior to construction East Devon and Maverick Industries worked closely with a group of local skaters and BMX riders to ensure that the design of the sprayed concrete skate park provided an existing contemporary skate park, suitable for a wide range of users. The final design was unanimously approved by the user group who provided excellent suggestions during the design stage – their input has undoubtedly helped ensure that the park is suited to local styles and preferences. The park has been designed so it can be expanded if further funding for the facility becomes available and East Devon officers are currently exploring different opportunities, for example through developer contributions for the town.

The new skate park offers a good mixture of street obstacles, as well as a wide mini ramp for users who want to experience air time. The range of obstacles should allow users of all abilities to develop their skills whether they are young or new riders, or experienced and professional skaters.

Although the new design has a smaller footprint than the previous site, its concrete construction will eliminate maintenance issues and provide a much higher quality surface and ramps than the old wooden park.

An official opening event, featuring displays by professional skaters, is currently being organised and a date will be announced shortly.

As construction of the new skate park nears completion, Cllr Tom Wright, East Devon District Council’s Environment portfolio holder, said:

This new, state of the art facility provides the young people of Exmouth and the surrounding area the opportunity for exercise, fun and the ability to hone their skills. It also demonstrates the council’s commitment to provide outstanding services and opportunity for all sections of our community.