Weather postpones official opening of £150k Budleigh Salterton skate park

The official opening of a £150,000 skate park in Budleigh Salterton has been postponed due to forecast bad weather. 

The concrete attraction, in the Lime Kiln car park – pictured in these aerial shots – was due to be formally unveiled at noon today (Friday, October 25).

East Devon District Council (EDDC) was to celebrate the occasion by staging a skate jam featuring pro-rider demonstrations and competitions for users of the facility.

The event will now take place on a later date – which is yet to be confirmed.

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 earlier this month: “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 spokesperson for contractor Maverick Industries Ltd 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.”

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