New skate park in Exmouth opens with celebratory jam

East Devon District Council was proud to launch its £150,000 skate park in Exmouth with a special celebratory skating ‘jam’ on Friday 26 October 2018

The completion of East Devon District Council's brand new £150,000 skate park at Phear Park in Exmouth was celebrated with a fun skateboard jam on Friday 26 October, from 12pm to 4pm, following the official opening of the facility by the council's Chairman Cllr Andrew Moulding, together with East Devon councillors and officers, as well as Maverick Industries who designed and built the park.

Skateboarders, as well as scooter and BMX riders too part in informal jam format competitions, following thrilling demonstrations by Maverick's own demo riders, including BMXers Scott Hamlin and Harry Boucher, skateboarders Callum and Kieron Waterton, and Jake Sparham, as well as scooter rider Danny Miles, together with Dominator team riders. The activities were compered by Richie Inskip (aka Geordie).

Riders of all ages and abilities competed to win some terrific prizes, such as tickets for NASS, boards, t-shirts, backpacks, bike frames and scooter parts, plus plenty of stickers, lanyards and other merchandise, donated by the generous sponsors, including SCUK, Rule 1, Vans, Nass, Animal, GT Bikes, Dominator and Stuntman Mechanix.

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.

The skate park has been designed so that should additional funding become available, it can be expanded to fill the site. For example, contributions from developments around Exmouth could be used to further expand the site.

The project, which has been led from inception by East Devon District Council, 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. The new skate park has been funded with £150,000 capital from the council.

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 exciting 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.