Skate Park Now Open
The newly refurbished skate park in Bath’s Royal Victoria Park opened on Monday September 21.
Skaters, BMX and scooter riders can now hone their skills over a series of concrete bowls sunk into the ground, including one of the only ‘vert’* bowls in the country. The park also offers a selection of new ‘street’ features for those riders keen to practice other skills. This exciting and challenging new space is aimed to stretch the skills of riders, even the more experienced ones.
The upgrade of the skate park is part of a number of improvements totalling almost £500,000 made by Bath & North East Somerset Council to Royal Victoria Park.
Councillor Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North), Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “The old skate park was over 20 years old and the main ramps had reached the end of their lives and needed to be replaced. The new skate park has been built following consultation with young people, children and their parents and has been designed to accommodate all small-wheeled sports. As the park has an excellent large bowl design as well as a street section, it has potential to be a site for future professional competition events and could even attract riders from around the world.”
To celebrate the opening, a successful skatejam event was held on Saturday September 26 with competitions for different ages and abilities.
Royal Victoria Park attracts many thousands of visitors every year, features Botanical Gardens, ponds, floral and historical features as well as one of the biggest children’s play areas in the South West.
* A ‘vert’ bowl is a deep bowl with vertical sides
Pictures from the opening day Monday 21 September 2015: