East Devon to begin construction of high quality £150,000 skate park in Exmouth over the summer
Demolition of Exmouth’s popular skate park at Phear Park in Exmouth is due to commence on Monday 18 June 2018. The old skate park has reached the end of its life and will be replaced by an exciting, high quality sprayed concrete skate park, costing £150,000, which will require less maintenance while providing a better quality surface.
Construction of the new skate park, which is being paid for out of East Devon District Council’s capital funding budget, will begin in late July and the new skate park should be open ready for use in autumn 2018.
East Devon is working with experts Maverick Industries Ltd (who will construct the new skate park) in conjunction with a user group of local skaters and BMX riders who have helped design the new facility in conjunction with a group of local users.
Excellent suggestions for amendments to the design were given by the group, whose members are unanimous in their support of the project. Their adjustments have helped ensure that the site’s features suit local styles and preferences, thereby ensuring its popularity among future users.
There will be no perimeter fence surrounding the new design - instead it will be incorporated harmoniously into the existing landscape, thus removing the need to have platform railings. This design feature is both cost effective, maximising the amount that can be spent on the skate park itself and helps integrate the skatepark into the wider park around it.
The replacement skate park will have a smaller footprint than the existing wooden park and its high quality concrete surfaces and ramps will provide a better skating experience, as well as eliminating the current ongoing maintenance issues that plague the old wooden structures.
Overall, the design aims to have a good mixture of street items as well as a wide mini ramp for users who want to experience air time. This means there is something to allow any user to develop their skills, from young or new riders to experienced and professional skaters.
The park has been designed to allow for future expansion and the council is in the process of applying for external funding to help achieve this from a number of sources. East Devon is hoping that this site will ultimately be one of the best skate parks in the country in the longer term, while in the short term providing one of the best skate park facilities in Devon.
It’s brilliant to see East Devon working with local skaters to replace the skatepark with a concrete park, which will last much longer and provide a much better facility for young people from around the whole area. The provision of this well used and valued facility again demonstrates East Devon District Council’s commitment to provide high quality and safe equipment for our young people to enjoy and to improve their skills, health and fitness.