A new £150,000 skate park in Budleigh Salterton will be officially opened later this month with a ‘jam’ featuring competitions and demonstrations.
The fun will mark the concrete attraction, in the Lime Kiln car park, being formally unveiled on Friday, October 25.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) is to celebrate the occasion by staging a skate jam.
The event, from noon, will be managed by the council’s skate park designer and contractor Maverick Industries Ltd.
EDDC chairman Councillor Stuart Hughes will open proceedings with a speech, followed by pro-rider demonstrations from Rubicon Skateboards, Dominator Scooters and Scott Hamlin BMX.
There will be ‘jam’ format competitions for scooter riders, followed by BMX riders and, finally, skaterboarders.
The competitions are designed to give riders of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to participate.
Pre-registration is not required so just turn up and enjoy the afternoon as it unfolds.
‘Much careful thought’ has been put into the skate park’s design and EDDC says it is grateful to the local user group for its ‘excellent’ input.
The council hopes that the park will offer ‘something for everyone to enjoy’ – its features include a unique combined teardrop volcano, spine and a hipped flatbank.
A considerable amount of time has been spent ensuring that there is no requirement for handrails, which are expensive and cumbersome. This allows the park to have an open and free flowing feel, says EDDC.
The park is expected to attract wheeled sport enthusiasts of all abilities, both locally and from further afield.
Budleigh Salterton ward member Cllr Alan Dent said: “From a local viewpoint this is a much-used facility and East Devon District Council, along with some Section 106 money from recent developments, were able to fund this wonderful upgrade.
“The skate park offers youngsters from our local community a brilliant outlet for their energy and helps to keep them fit and athletic.
“My thanks to all concerned for their vision, hard work and teamwork.”
A Maverick Industries Ltd spokesperson said: “Budleigh Salterton’s new skate park is a great addition to the Maverick portfolio.
“It’s a fantastic community space with a progressive design in an amazing seafront location. East Devon District Council have listened to the local riders and everyone involved should be very proud of the end result.”