Rock and the rollers

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s refurbishment of the skate park at Royal Victoria Park in Bath has been put back by a month.

victoria parkThe Council had hoped to re-open the skate park in July however, as work progressed, contractors discovered large slabs of rock in the area being excavated. Specialist machinery has been brought in to remove this rock and extra work is needed to stabilise the ground afterwards. This means the park is unlikely to be completed until mid to late August.

Council Leader, Cllr Tim Warren (Conservative, Mendip), said: “It is disappointing that this has been delayed and we are urging our contractors to finish it as quickly as possible. We can assure people that the new and improved skate park will be well worth waiting for.”
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 design will continue to accommodate all small-wheeled sports such as skateboarding, BMX-riding and scooter riding. It will incorporate concrete bowls sunk into the ground which replicate the current large ramps in the park; it will also offer more ‘street’ features and a better ‘flow’ of continuous ride lines.

The skate park design was created following consultation involving local young people, children and their parents. The upgrade of the skate park is part of almost £500,000 in improvements by the Council to Bath’s Royal Victoria Park, including improvements to the play area and the public toilets.

The park, which attracts many thousands of visitors every year, features Botanical Gardens, lakes, floral and historical features as well as one of the biggest children’s play areas in the South West.