Barnstaple skate park opens tomorrow

IT S been a long time coming, but skateboarders in Barnstaple will finally be able to practise their moves on a brand new skate park from tomorrow (Sunday). The finishing touches are being put to the �288,000 Rock Park facility ahead of the official open

IT'S been a long time coming, but skateboarders in Barnstaple will finally be able to practise their moves on a brand new skate park from tomorrow (Sunday).The finishing touches are being put to the �288,000 Rock Park facility ahead of the official opening at noon.The Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor Des Brailey, will cut the ribbon, marking the end of building project led and largely funded by North Devon Council. Other funders included the Rock Park Sk8 Committee, Barnstaple Town Council, and the Bridge Trust.Following the opening, an afternoon of entertainment is planned to mark the occasion. There will be professional skating displays by the "Vans" skateboard display team, as well as the chance for members of the public to finally have a go on the skate park.Cllr Brailey said: "The skate park has been a long time in the planning and making but finally it is finished. The council is delighted that it has finally come to fruition and would like to thank all of those involved with the project."The new skate park was designed by Gravity Engineering Ltd in conjunction with young skaters from the Rock Park SK8 Committee. It boasts a unique full-size American fire hydrant feature as well as a brick element to provide a different skating surface. A large rock from Vyse Quarry at Spreacombe, donated by Braunton Aggregates, has also been built into the design, with the words Rock Skate Park inscribed on it.Cllr John Wilsher, who has worked closely with the Rock park Sk8 Committee on the project added: "I am so thrilled, after four years of working with the skateboarders, to see the state-of-the-art skate park and associated facilities completed. "It is no more than the youth of the town and outlying districts deserve. I just wish I could stay on a skateboard for more than five seconds.


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