Work begins on new £150,000 Exmouth skate park
PUBLISHED: 13:11 18 June 2018
Demolition of a popular Exmouth skate park is to begin today ahead of a £150,000 replacement being built.
The facility, in Phear Park, is being taken down today (Monday, June 18) as East Devon District Council (EDDC) moves ahead with plans to replace it later this year.
Construction on the new £150,000 park, being paid for by the council’s capital funding budget, will begin next month following consultation with groups of skaters and BMX riders who use the facility.
An EDDC spokesperson said the suggestions made will make sure the new design ‘suit local styles and preferences’.
It is hoped the new park will be open by autumn this year and will go on to be one of the best skate parks in Devon.
Cllr Tom Wright, East Devon’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “It’s brilliant to see East Devon working with local skaters to replace the skate park 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.”
There will be no perimeter fence surrounding the new design and the replacement skate park will have a smaller footprint than the existing wooden facility and its concrete surfaces and ramps will provide ‘a better skating experience’.
It is hoped the new design will have a mixture of street items as well as a wide mini ramp for users who want to experience ‘air time’.
The park has been designed to allow for future expansion and the council is in the process of applying for external funding from a number of sources.
A spokesman for EDDC said the authority 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.