Official opening of new North Walls Skate Park
Press Release: 28/10/2014
The UK scooter champion and BMX and skateboard pros joined the Mayor of Winchester for the official opening of Winchester’s new skate park (Monday 27 October).
The Mayor, Cllr Eileen Berry, saw at first-hand the tricks and skills of the riders as they performed spectacular stunts to launch the North Walls venue off Gordon Road.
The £270,000 state-of-the-art skate park is made of sprayed concrete and designed to allow users to create exciting lines and moves. It is floodlit and twice the size of the old park which had prefabricated metal ramps. It has been funded by a grant of £100,000 awarded by The Veolia Environmental Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund, Sport England and Winchester City Council with support from Headbourne Worthy and Tichborne Parish Councils.
The official opening at 3pm was followed by an informal ‘skate jam’ organised by the park’s designers, Maverick.
Master of ceremonies Geordie introduced 2014 UK scooter champion Archie Cole who ran scooter competitions with prizes provided by MADD scooters.
Pro-BMXer Scott Hamlin, who competes worldwide, ran BMX competitions with under-16 and over-16 categories and prizes.
Pro-skaters James Threlfall and Tommy Fachiri ran skateboard competitons, again with under- and over-16 categories.
Bournemouth-based skate crew NPNG provided an impressive skate demo.
MC Geordie and the pro-riders and skaters acted as judges and handed out the prizes.
The day also saw the announcement of a new team of ‘skate rangers’ led by Steve Willoughby who was closely involved in the development of the new park. The team includes Sam Evans, David Allison, Patrick Young, Mike O’Keefe, Joe Moignard-Clark, Jamie Boder, Harvey Clements and Harry King.
Cllr Jan Warwick, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, Health and Wellbeing, said:
It is great news for skateboarders, scooter- and BMX-riders that Winchester now has this fabulous park. I am delighted that Winchester City Council, Sport England, The Veolia Environmental Trust and other partners have been able to join forces to fund this exciting initiative. It is especially good news that young people from the community helped with the design.
The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, added:
It is great that this is important facility is now open – I hope it is used and enjoyed for many years to come. It is one of our priorities to support the repair of play and recreational facilities, or the creation of new ones. Since we were established in 1997, we have awarded over £1.9m to skatepark projects across the UK and we hope to support more in the future.