Trio of pop-up skating events in Portishead in coming weeks

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 August 2019

Campaigners calling for a new skatepark in Portishead.

Campaigners calling for a new skatepark in Portishead.

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Three places in Portishead will be transformed into pop-up skateparks in the coming weeks, as momentum grows for a permanent facility to be built.

Portishead Wheels & Skatepark Group (WASP), Portishead Town Council and skateboarding shop Sk8 Or Die will oversee a trio of events in August and September.

The first pop-up skatepark will be held at the Parish Wharf basketball court, in Harbour Road, from August 24-25, with youngsters able to showcase their BMX, skateboard or scooter skills on a medley of ramps and rails.

A week later, the pop-up wheels park will move to The Vale, off Galingale Way, for two days, and the final event will be held behind the boathouse at the Lake Grounds from September 7-8.

The lack of a wheels park has long been a hot topic in Portishead, with North Somerset Council refusing landlord's consent for a permanent wheels park at the Lake Grounds in 2011.

But after more than a decade of disputes the town council hopes to at last see the project materialise - with a much-changed political landscape at both town and district level since May's local elections.

The organisers hope a series of pop-up events over the next couple of years will pave the way for a concrete skatepark to be built in Portishead.

A town council spokesman said: "The town council and WASP are very interested in your views about a permanent location for a wheels park and also other ideas you may have for related activities like a pump track.

"WASP will be carrying out surveys around each of the events so please come along and have your say."

The portable ramps have been funded by a £1,000 kitty from the town council, and Cllr Ben Aldridge - who is leading the project - believes the events will demonstrate the town's desire for a permanent skatepark.

Speaking at a meeting in June, he said: "The ramps will be used over the next two or three years while we work in the background to finally get the skatepark this town deserves.

"The trial events will make sure we know if the children of the town still want a skatepark, which I believe they do.

"These ramps won't be purchased and disappear into the ether somewhere. The children of this town are the ones who are going to use it."

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