Bideford skate park was shut at the end of February, but the council has had a mini halfpipe built while it continues with plans for a new £150k park for the town.

The skate park ramp in use in Bideford.The skate park ramp in use in Bideford.

A new skateboard ramp has opened in Bideford, after the town's skate park has to close.

The mini halfpipe ramp was delivered in 'record time' after the skate park was forced to shut for health and safety reasons in February.

Torridge District Council is currently in the process of planning a new, £150,000 concrete skatepark for Bideford.

The 20ft wide ramp has been designed and built by Dorset based skatepark specialists, Maverick Industries, incorporating a double layer, birch ply riding surface, designed to optimise speed and traction.

It was built using traditional carpentry skills, and more than 10,000 screws were also needed in the construction.

Sean Kearney, commercial and leisure services manager, said: "The mini ramp structure has been welcomed by the local riding community and will provide an interim solution until the plans for the new park can be implemented.

"Our community engagement officer, James Jarroudi, and the contractors have worked really hard to get something in place in a very short period of time and the ramp is already seeing a lot of use."

Russ Holbert, director of Maverick Industries, added: "We were pleased to have the opportunity to construct a high quality wooden ramp for the local riders and are keen to work with the local community to support the project for a new concrete park moving forwards"