Adrenaline seeking sports fans in Tiverton have got what they longed for, a £200,000 skatepark thanks in part to Tiverton Town Council who contributed £10,000 pounds towards the cost of the project.
It is already drawing users from across the South West and possibly farther afield and has put the town firmly on the map for young people seeking the very extreme sports experience using the very latest in skate park design and technology.
Skateboard ,BMX and scooter users in Tiverton say they are delighted with the newly opened park opposite the High School and Petroc College and matches their design hopes perfectly.
Skaters, bikers and BMXers begun using the new concrete sports facility following its official opening on June 6.
John Bell, from Viridor Credits which donated £100,000 towards the construction via their community landfill communities fund which it operates, cut the ribbon to mark the formal opening of the park with users and councillors looking on.
The new concrete 'plaza' and bowl' was designed and constructed by South West company Maverick Industries, with lots of input and discussions over a three year period with potential users. They made suggestions on how it would look and what it would offer to maximise it's appeal.
It has been made using a sprayed concrete process, an entirely different construction method to that used to make the previous facility. The outdated wooden ramp structures which were installed nearly 10 years ago became unsafe and needed removing. Funding wasn't initially available but users got together and started lobbying and fund raising to get the park replaced and their hard work and discussions with councillors and officers finally paid off.
The total cost of the project was £200.000, half of which came from Viridor Credits, other contributions towards the funding of the project came from Mid Devon District Council which provided technical support from officers and £70,000 in funding, Devon County Council and The Heathcoat Trust.