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New bowls, rails and ramps in park designs

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: December 03, 2013

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EXTREME sports fans in Tiverton will soon see £200,000 upgrades to Tiverton's skate park take shape following a successful campaign.

Mid Devon District Council is expected to approve final plans for new half-pipes, bowls, ramps and rails at a meeting on Wednesday.

The skate park, at Bolham Road, was built in 2003 but has been at the centre of a campaign to update the equipment for the last two years.

A committee has worked hard raising funds and consulting with users to come up with the final designs (pictured).

Steve Densham, development services manager for the council, who described the skate park as an "invaluable" facility for young people and adults, said: "The existing park has reached the end of its life and this was anticipated a couple of years ago.

"The proposed park has two elements; one being a plaza, or street course, and the other being a bowl – a specific requirement was to cater for all users, novices and the more experienced and skateboards, bikes and scooters.

"The skate park will continue to ensure users can practice their skills in a controlled environment and prevent nuisance and damage that will develop when the existing park will have to be decommissioned. Already pieces of equipment are being removed because it is not economically viable to keep repairing them.

"It will also draw users from across the South West and beyond and will put the town on the map for those people seeking this experience."

The new park will be built by specialist company Maverick and should be one of the best in the region. Maverick, based in Dorset, specialises in parks made of sprayed concrete, an entirely different construction method to that used to make the current park.

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