Bridport City Council’s plan for a £350,000 skatepark
A city council has revealed the latest designs for a new skatepark – and is now awaiting feedback from residents.
Bridport City Council is planning to renovate the popular Plottingham Playing Fields skatepark, which is in dire need of an upgrade.
The scheme is part of larger plans for the open space with proposals also including a cycle lane and the installation of six solar carports – to generate electricity – in the Plottingham car park.
The City Council has earmarked £60,000 in its capital works program for the Plottingham upgrade. He estimated the cost of the skatepark would be £350,000 and hopes it can attract a significant amount of development funding if broad public support for the proposal is demonstrated.
Those behind the skatepark projects said they wanted to provide an area that could be used by “people of all skill levels.”
The council said consultations with local skateboarders, BMX and scooter users have informed the design of the multi-wheeled skate park being developed by Poole-based skate park construction company Maverick, which will supply the new and improved skate park.
Residents are being asked by council to give feedback on the proposed designs before the consultation period ends.
A spokesperson for Bridport City Council said: “Plottingham Field skatepark has been popular with the skating community for many years. However, the skatepark needs updating and upgrading.
“Bridport City Council has worked with skatepark designers Maverick and young people to develop an exciting new proposal for a multi-wheeled skatepark to replace the current layout.
“A public consultation has been launched to obtain broader community views on the proposed multi-wheel skate park before the council submits a planning application later this year.”
The park’s design has a concrete base – as opposed to the current wood and metal construction – and includes a number of quarter pipes, three 360 degree rollovers and a grind rail.
The closing date for resident comments is Sunday, May 13. An open public session will be held on Saturday, April 30 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to give residents the chance to view plans for the multi-wheel skatepark and talk to skaters and city councillors. on the proposal.
The skatepark proposal and the online questionnaire can be viewed on the town hall‘s website.