Friday 6th October 2017- By Mike Smallcombe
Newquay Town Council is looking to replace the existing Wooden Waves skate park at Trenance Park with a new concrete facility, which it says will be “one of the best skate parks in Europe”
Work on a new “world-class” £650,000 concrete skate park in Newquay is set to get under way next year after the remaining funding to build the facility was secured.
Newquay Town Council is looking to replace the existing Wooden Waves skate park at Trenance Park with a new concrete facility, which it says will be “one of the best skate parks in Europe”.
Town councillors said there was a consistent demand for a more modern facility to replace the old skate park after more than 2,500 residents, or 10% of Newquay’s population, supported the proposals in a consultation.
In a meeting on Wednesday night the town council decided to release £200,000 from its reserves funds to match the £300,000 which it has already secured through various grants.
The town council secured the freehold of the land from Cornwall Council in 2015 and was subsequently given planning permission for the project.
This allowed the authority to apply for grants; £225,000 was secured from Cornwall Council’s Section 106 money pot, while £75,000 came from Sport England, which was less than originally expected.
To address the shortfall in funding the town council looked again at its budget and decided to allocate up to £155,000 of cash from its localism fund, built up from the overspend of budgets accrued over time.
This is in addition to £46,000 which will be released from the council’s existing skate park kitty.
Councillor Olly Monk says no taxpayer money will be used, as the council will look to replenish the funds through various methods including a Government council tax support grant, selling the naming rights to the park, a Crowdfunding appeal and setting up a shop at the facility.
Skate park manufacturer Maverick Industries was chosen as the council’s preferred contractor for the project in June 2015.
In a statement, the company said the scheme was just part of a wider regeneration programme for Newquay as a whole.
The skate park has been designed into four areas, including an endless street run, snake run bowl, retro-style amoeba pool and a BMX flow park.
Maverick Industries owner Russ Holbert says the park will be “the best in Britain” and that the organisers of the resort’s Boardmasters festival are interesting in staging a skateboard competition there.
“It is specifically for an age group who are under-served in their field of interest with the Wooden Waves park decaying and becoming less and less useable as time goes by.
“This design will ensure international skate tourists and undoubtedly national visitors from all parts of the country. The project can be seen as hugely beneficial, not only financially, but as an enhancement to Newquay’s reputation as a world leader in extreme sports.
“It will be a truly unique situation where one town can boast two separate opportunities [surfing and skating] to offer a world-class experience in differing sports provision.
“No other facility in the UK could rival this proposal.”
Work on the skate park is earmarked to begin in January, as the cash from both grants has to be used within a certain timeframe.