Construction of new concrete skate park begins in Seaton

Seaton skate park receives £200,000 investment from East Devon District Council

Work has commenced on the construction of a new longer lasting sprayed concrete skate park in Seaton thanks to £200,000 of funding from East Devon District Council.

It is hoped that the skate park will be completed before Christmas, allowing the council time to host an official opening event pre-Christmas, including a skate park jam and an informal competition. Further details will be posted on the council’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The council is grateful to the local user group for their excellent input, as well as Seaton ward member, Cllr Marcus Hartnell, and hopes that the park will offer something for everyone to enjoy. It is expected to attract wheeled sport enthusiasts of all abilities, both locally and from further afield.

Locals met with East Devon and its specialist designer/contractor, Maverick Industries to discuss what they wanted included in the new skate park and the designers worked hard to try and meet the many requests raised by the group. Further consultation meetings were held to discuss the design and to allow it to be tweaked.

An exciting and innovative design, featuring the tallest ¼ pipes and hipped jump box in any of East Devon’s four skate parks, was subsequently presented to the user group who unanimously agreed to proceed to construction. The skate park design incorporates two ¼ pipes that are 7ft tall with a 5ft hipped jump box between them. It also features a mini ramp, which steps from 4ft to 5ft high and a comprehensive street section with various ledges and a manual pad.

A considerable amount of time has been spent on the design to ensure that there is no requirement for handrails, which are expensive and cumbersome. The design minimises the fall heights on the back and sides of ramps and gives the structure an open and free flowing feel compared to many skate parks.

To reduce its impact, the skate park will also be landscaped around its perimeter, making it more sympathetic to its immediate surrounding environment.

East Devon Chairman Cllr Stuart Hughes said:

I’m sure that the start of the construction for the new skate park is going to be well received by all the local skateboarding fraternity. As a recent addition to Olympic sports this facility once opened could well produce a future East Devon Olympian.

Seaton ward member Cllr Marcus Hartnell said:

Having secured the project funding back in 2018, I’m really excited to see work commencing on the new skate park and I’m extremely pleased to see that the users of the skate park have had such a lot of input into the new design. I’m sure they will not be disappointed with the end result.

Ward member Cllr Jack Rowland said:

This is great news for the regular users of the current skate park and will, no doubt, attract new users to use an up to date exciting venue when completed. I recall, when Marcus Hartnell and myself were both Seaton Town Councillors, that a couple of years ago, we invited representatives from the regular users to meet us to hear first-hand their views about the existing skate park and what they’d ideally like to see, so to see work beginning on the new skate park that meets their aspirations is fantastic.

Ward member Cllr Dan Ledger said:

It’s fantastic to finally see the commencement of the long awaited improvements and redesign to Seaton skate park. I’d really like to thank the community group who worked extensively with the main contractor, Mavericks Skateparks, feeding their thoughts into the design and aiding in the creation of a practical solution that will benefit all types of skate park users. Thanks also has to be given to Cllr Hartnell who has been focal to this project in securing the necessary funding for the town and the East Devon officers who have worked seamlessly with contractor and community throughout the process. This is the exact type of community youth service that Seaton needs and I hope it extremely well received.