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Plans For State-Of-The-Art Isle Of Wight Skatepark Submitted

Exciting plans for a new state-of-the-art Isle of Wight skatepark — which could be the first of its kind on the Island — have been submitted to the Isle of Wight Council.

Freshwater Parish Council is behind plans for a new skatepark and pump track for skateboards, BMX riders, scooterists and more at the Stroud Recreation Ground in the village.

It says both the concrete skatepark and the tarmacked pump track would be the first of their kind on the Island and have a range of obstacles and elements.

The tracks have been designed by Gravity Skateparks, which hopes the new and improved facilities would be used more while also reducing anti-social behaviour.

The plans have been in the making since 2021 and have now been formally submitted for approval to the Isle of Wight Council before any further work can start.

The parish council hopes the track will enhance recreational space in the village, with something that is welcoming and inclusive for all, helping riders to improve and develop their skills.

It also hopes rising star athletes in the West Wight, who are currently competing at national and international levels, would be able to use the tacks, giving them a place to train while encouraging and inspiring future generations.

The plans have been supported by Hamish Fleming, owner of the Canopy Skatepark in Chale, and John Cattle, over of Wight Trash Skateboards and head coach of his own skate club.

Both said the new tracks would be a valuable asset for the West Wight area and beyond, having an immeasurable impact as a safe space for people to try new sports and create a community hub to make friends.

Seating is also proposed nearby and along with landscaping, will provide a pleasant environment, the parish council says.

It said riders can be part of the community rather than separate from it, like the current skatepark which is hidden away and financially unviable, due to wear and tear damage.

You can view the plans, 23/01636/FUL, on the Isle of Wight Council’s planning register. Comments can be submitted until October 27.

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