£200,000 Kingshill skate plaza plan for Cirencester finally unveiled
Cirencester Town Council chief executive officer Andrew Tubb tries out the grind block at the outdated skate park at Kingshill, cheered on by Gaz Parsons from Decimal. The complex is set for a £200,000 makeover
AFTER seven years of grinding away at the project, a new £200,000 skate plaza has finally been agreed for Cirencester.
The Standard can exclusively reveal design plans for the eagerly awaited Kingshill facilities, which are set to be completed by next spring.
At almost 900 metres squared, the dynamic new skate plaza will be around six times the size of the current outdated complex at the sports ground.
The scheme is the result of years of work between Cirencester Town Council and Ramp User Group member Gaz Parsons.
Gaz, who owns Decimal Skatestore in Cirencester, said: "It should be the biggest and best facility in the area," he said. "This is something we should be proud of and still using in more than ten years time."
Funded by Sport England and the town council, the dazzling new skate plaza will offer around 20 different obstacles of up to 1.35 metres in height to challenge skateboarders, BMX users and rollerbladers of all abilities.
A circle circuit with a stylish Roman Corinium pillar seating centrepiece will feature at the complex, along with newly installed floodlights to allow hardcore enthusiasts to carry on skating until 9pm.
Under the plans, the existing Kingshill Skate Park is also set to be revamped for use by less experienced users.
"It's also great that we're able to refurbish the current facility for younger children to use and enjoy as a stepping stone to the plaza," he said.
It is hoped that the new complex will put Cirencester on the map as a hub for extreme and street sports.
CTC project and community group chairman, Cllr Deryck Nash, said: "This is going to be a facility that people will enjoy for many years to come and will draw enthusiasts from Cirencester and beyond."