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Ride On Exeter: New Skate Park Opens

Ride On Exeter: New Skate Park Opens

By Sofy Robertson


Christmas has come early to the skaters or Exeter as the new Exeter Arena Skatepark opened yesterday.

Exeter City Council’s new facility, built by Maverick Industries, was designed with the help of more than 300 local people. It contains ramps, quarterpipes, flatbanks, rails and ledges. The design also features a viewing/seating area which overlooks all of the action. Skaters will be able to use the park until 9:30pm when lighting has been added over the next few weeks.

The existing skate park was broken up last year after it came to the end of its useable life. It had become increasingly popular over the last ten years but became unsafe to use due to disrepair. The local skatepark community assisted in putting together a design brief which was chosen by a group of local pro skaters.

Lead Councillor for Place, David Harvey, said:

“Arena Skatepark has always been an extremely popular venue for skateboarders, in-line skaters, scooter and BMX riders, so I am delighted to be able to open a brand-new facility which I hope will be enjoyed by the skatepark community for years to come.” (Radio Exe)

Lead Councillor for Health and Wellbeing, Communities and Sport, Phil Bialyk, said:

“Exeter has recently been recognised as the most active local authority in the country and it’s great that we can create facilities like this to cater for all types of activity – not just traditional sports – within the city.”

If you or your loved ones have tested out the new facility, send your thoughts and photos to: sofy.growmarketinguk@gmail.com or add them into the comments section on our website or social media.

 

Photo by shawn henry on Unsplash

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