Work is progressing on a new skate park for Exeter. The new facility at Arena Park is expected to be ready by Christmas. The perimeter fence has been erected and all previously installed temporary equipment removed.
The design of the park was chosen by a group of local pro skaters working to a design brief heavily influenced by the local skating community.
Maverick Industries as appointed by the Exeter City Council will be responsible for the construction of the park.
The skate park will feature ramps, flatbanks, quarterpipes, rails and ledges. The plaza style design will also feature a viewing/seating area overlooking all the action.
The old skate park had to be broken up last year after it came to the end of its usable life. It had been fully functional for 10 years after which its lifespan was exhausted and it became unrepairable and unsafe for use.
The Lead Councillor for Place, Councillor David Harvey, said the City Council had consulted with the skater community right from the start to find out what equipment they required.
“In the end we had more than 300 people taking part in a consultation exercise to contribute ideas for the designs of the new facility,” he added.
The duration of construction is 14 weeks.
During that time, skaters are encouraged to make use of other nearby skate parks like the Topsham Recreation Ground, Heavitree Pleasure Ground, Station Road Playing Field in Pinhoe, and Flowerpot Playing Fields.