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Take off for skatepark

By Warren Wilkins 25th July 2018

Take off for skatepark
Photo: Danny Parker

NEWQUAY’S eagerly anticipated world-class £646,800 concrete skatepark officially opened on Monday after being in the making for more than 10 years.

Dozens of skateboard, BMX and scooter riders descended on Concrete Waves at Tre- nance Leisure Park to try out the various bowls, ramps, and obstacles.

Newquay Town Council’s new park replaces the former Wooden Waves, which had a growing issue of rotting wooden ramps and posed an increasing cost to the authority in maintenance and risk management.

Park construction company Mavericks, who got the build underway in January, have managed to complete the facility two months ahead of schedule due to the good weather, which has coincided with schools breaking up for the summer holidays and

The concrete facility will mean little maintenance costs going forward, as well as a park that befits Newquay’s status as the home of surfing and place where skateboarding is almost a way of life for many residents and visitors.

Concrete Waves was funded through a £235,000 contribution from the town council capital reserves, £225,000 of Section 106 developer monies, a £75,000 grant from Sport England and local fundraising. A VIP is due to cut the ribbon to the facility 

on a date yet to be confirmed.

Councillor Olly Monk, who has spearheaded the Concrete Waves scheme, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Concrete Waves is now open. Concrete Waves has been 10 years in the making.

“It’s a great achievement for the town to produce a state of the art facility such as this. This will not only provide a fantastic training ground for all our local wheeled sports enthusiasts but for users all over the country. I would like to thank all the town council and the office staff past and present for helping realise this project.

“Mavericks have done a fantastic job with the build and have even finished ahead of schedule. Skateboarding and BMX are both now established Olympic Sports and providing a venue like this will no doubt hone some of our future home-grown Olympians skills.

“There has been incredible interest in this project from both local and international riders, moving forward it will be great to see some of the world’s best perform at Concrete Waves.

“Having facilities like this helps showcase Newquay in a positive light and lets the world see the town is capable of providing up to date sporting facilities that benefit both local and visiting people alike. Please respect Concrete Waves and ride within your limits.”

Russ Holbert, the director of Mavericks, added: “This masterpiece is the result of almost 10 years of campaigning by the local riding community.

“It's a community skatepark that is poised to play host the international competitions and events.

“This is the first facility of it's kind in the UK and redraws the boundaries of what's possible for communities to achieve with Maverick's support.

“We've made no compromises in the delivery of this design. It is the most progressive space that we have ever built! We are super excited to see what the future brings for Newquay.”

Town clerk Andy Curtis said: “We have been working closely with Maverick Industries to ensure the new park was built to the highest of standards and we are very pleased that the works have completed almost two months early and at a time where schools are off for the summer. There is still some work needed on the park such as lighting and CCTV, but we were keen to get the park opened and enjoyed by all.”

Mayor Andy Hannan said: “When I was Mayor back in 2011 one of my first tasks was to close the wooden skatepark due to an unfortunate accident. I realised then just how popular this facility was with both young and old. There was even a small protest by local youths at the start of the civic parade. I realised then that we had to get a new skatepark built for the town.

“Thanks to a lot of hard work and fundraising by Cllr Monk, the working party, my fellow councillors, our officers, the skatepark user group and finally Mavericks, we now have a world-class skatepark that will be the envy of the county and beyond. I know it’s been a long wait for our skateboarders and BMX riders and I thank them for their patience, but I am sure that the result was well worth it. All I ask is that you enjoy the park, respect it and the other users and, most importantly, stay safe.“

Top Newquay skateboarder Jake Sparham, who was part of the Mavericks team that built Concrete Waves, was among the first riders to test out the facility. Jake said: “Building this skate park has been a dream and skating it after is also a dream. I’m so lucky.”

By Warren Wilkins 25th July 2018

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