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News Archive > General > Skaters riding high on Concrete Waves

Skaters riding high on Concrete Waves

By Beth Perry 1st August 2018

Skaters riding high on Concrete Waves
Photo: Beth Perry

NEWQUAY’S world-class skate park has had a busy first week with hundreds of skateboard, BMX and scooter riders taking to the park.

Mayor of Newquay, Andy Hannan, and members of Newquay Town Council visited the park on Wednesday to hold an official opening and to inspect the new £646,800 facility.

Concrete Waves at Trenance Leisure Park features various bowls, ramps, rails and obstacles for users to test their skills on and council members were pleased by the numbers of people enjoying the facility.

The new park replaces Wooden Waves, which had become both costly and dangerous due to rotting wooden ramps, and has been constructed by Maverick Industries who specialise in creating skate parks.

The funding has come from £225,000 of Section 106 contributions which are given to Cornwall Council to offset new developments, a £75,000 grant from Sport England, £3,174 from private donations and local fundraising, £107,900 of VAT reclaimed by Newquay Town Council and £235,826 from the town council’s reserve funds. There is extra funding in place now to install floodlighting and CCTV.

Cornwall and Newquay town councillor, Olly Monk, led the charge for a new skate park and has said he is “delighted” with Concrete Waves.

Cllr Monk said: “I am absolutely delighted that Concrete Waves is now open. Concrete Waves has been 10 years in the making.

“Newquay is already the surf capital of the UK and has a strong and vibrant skate scene and this was the opportunity to bring the two together and create the board-riding capital of the UK. 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.

“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.

“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.”

To use the park, skaters and riders must follow the rules which include wearing safety equipment at all times, not using steel scooter pegs, not taking dogs, alcohol, drugs or glass into the park and not graffiti-ing the park.

The park is free to use and is open when it’s light out. Floodlights are set to be installed for winter months to allow evening use.

Mayor of Newquay Andy Hannan said: “Thanks to a lot of hard work and fundraising by Cllr Monk, the working party, my fellow councillors, our officers, the skate park user group and finally Mavericks, we now have a world class skate park 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.”

By Beth Perry 1st August 2018

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