Building work begins at the Kingshill Sports Complex for Cirencester's brand new skate park
WORK has finally begun on building Cirencester’s brand new, state-of-the-art skate park facility at the Kingshill Sports Complex.
The park, which has been in the pipeline for several years, could be open for use by the general public by the end of the year if building work goes ahead as planned.
The news of the skate park’s go-ahead has been welcomed by Cirencester’s mayor Joe Harris.
He said: “I think that it’s really, really great. It’s been a long time coming and I hope it encourages young people to come here.
“Lots of our young people go off to Swindon and Cheltenham on the bus and I hope that this park will make people from elsewhere want to come here.”
The £200,000 skate park will cover an area of 890sqm and will offer around 20 different obstacles of up to 1.35 metres in height to challenge skateboarders, BMX users and rollerbladers of all abilities.
Gaz Parsons, owner of the Decimal Skatestore in Cirencester, said: “It’s so good to see a proper buzz going through the youth of the area who have waited patiently for it to happen.
“Having been involved with the design I know that this is going to be one of the best around.”
A circle circuit with Roman Corinium style seating will feature at the heart of the skate park, along with floodlights to allow hardcore enthusiasts to carry on skating until 9pm.
Cllr Deryck Nash, lead member for estate services at Cirencester Town Council, said: “The new floodlit skate plaza is going to be one of the best, if not the best, in the South West and will be complemented by a junior skate facility and BMX track.
“This forms part of the town council’s overall commitment in providing facilities for the local community and will be followed by improved sports facilities, new junior pitches, trim trail, wildlife area and outdoor gym.”
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