‘Jam’ event being held to mark opening of Exmouth’s new £150,000 skate park
PUBLISHED: 12:01 10 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:01 10 October 2018
© Rob Minter
Skateboarder and BMXers will be getting ‘air time’ at a special ‘jam’ event to mark the opening of Exmouth’s new and improved skate park.
There will be demonstrations and informal competitions at the new concrete facility, built on the site of the now-demolished wooden park, in Phear Park on Friday, October 26, between noon and 4pm.
BMXers Scott Hamlin and Harry Boucher will be showing what can be done on the new ramps while skateboarders Callum and Kieron Waterton will also be doing demonstrations.
Scooter Danny Miles will also be showcasing his skills on the day and the whole event is being compered by Richie ‘Geordie’ Inskip.
The new skate park, funded by East Devon District Council (EDDC) has been built on the site of the former wooden facility which was demolished earlier this year as part of the council’s plans to refurbish the park.
EDDC and designers Maverick Industries worked with a group of skaters and BMX riders to come up with a design for the new park which was unanimously approved by the user group.
The council says the park offers a ‘good mixture’ of street obstacles as well as a wide mini ramp for those who want to experience ‘air time’. It is hoped it will also cater to skateboarders and BMXers of all abilities.
An EDDC spokesperson said the park has designed to allow for future expansion of the site, should additional funding become available.
Councillor Andrew Moulding, chairman of EDDC, said: “The new skate park is already proving extremely popular and it’ll be great to open the site officially.”
Cllr Tom Wright, EDDC’s environment portfolio holder, said: “This fabulous new facility provides the young people of Exmouth and the surrounding area with the opportunity for exercise, fun and the ability to hone their skills.”
Russ Holbert, Maverick’s head of design, said: “Working with EDDC to deliver the Phear Park skate park has been a pleasure. It’s extremely exciting to see the development of a new concrete skate park come together.
“Judging by how busy the facility has been since it was completed it is obviously proving to be much needed and a great success.”