Summer park for skating fans

SKATEBOARD enthusiasts have welcomed plans for a temporary summer skate park in Portishead.

The manager of Gordano School Community Trust Sports Centre, has signed a contract that will secure a two-day skate park event at the St Marys Road site.

The mobile facility, which will be set up on July 30 and 31, will comprise a set of street course ramps, ideal for a large number of skaters of all abilities.

A sports centre spokesman said: “So many young people in Portishead have an interest in this very popular sport that we have managed to organise some much-needed facilities, albeit on a temporary basis. It will provide something for everyone, from beginner to expert, BMX rider, inline skater or boarder.”

There will be 30 places available on each of the days at the park which will include quarter pipes, a flat bank, spine, ramp to a wall, two fly-offs, a fun box, grid rail and two driveways.

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The park will be supervised throughout by highly-trained Highline Adventure staff who will also be providing trick tips for all participants.

Scooter enthusiast Callum Taylor, aged 13, says he is already saving up to book in for the event.

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He said: “It will be great to have a decent facility without travelling out of town, I can’t wait.”

The daily sessions will run from 9am-5pm and skateboards will be available for those signing up who do not own their own. Helmets are also essential and can be provided.

The cost is �33.50 per day and bookings, already being taken, will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book or find out more call 01275 843942, email or visit

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