The Marsh skatepark and parkour area is… open!
Weymouth Town Council’s new skatepark and parkour facility opened ahead of schedule on Friday (April 29th), providing a brand new place to skate and scoot.
The £358,000 park was built by local skatepark company Maverick. It includes a wide variety of features to provide opportunities for skaters, BMXers and scooter riders to practise their skills in a space that they have helped design. Alongside the skatepark is a separate bespoke parkour area, for the local free running community.
A special event to celebrate the opening this new facility will take place on Saturday 2nd July and will be attended by the Mayor of Weymouth.
Council Leader Cllr David Harris said: “It feels like only yesterday we had the turf cutting ceremony, and now this fantastic outdoor facility is open!
“The idea behind this was always to create a community space that provides a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for people of all ages to have some fun. This new skatepark and parkour track is our way of showing the community, especially younger people, that we care about them and want to give them spaces where they can socialise and thrive. We look forward to seeing people feeling inspired to get on their skateboards, bikes and scooters and enjoying being outdoors and active – and who knows, perhaps there could be a future Olympic champion in the making?”
Designs for the bespoke facility, produced by Maverick, were put out to consultation last summer with an event held at The Marsh. Feedback received from young people was then incorporated into the final plans.
Planning permission for the scheme was approved last November and work was completed on site just ahead of schedule. Following the required safety inspection on Friday 29th April, the new facility opened ahead of the bank holiday weekend.
Photo credit: Maverick