Newport skatepark closes today

First published in News South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A NEWPORT skatepark is to close today ahead of the opening of a new facility at Tredegar Park.

The Edge skatepark at Newport International Sports Village is to be demolished because of the new Wales National Football Centre in Newport.

The new park is not to open until next month following delays due to the weather - but city skateshop owner Darran Ward said it will be far better than the skatepark it will replace.

Newport council said it had been intended to open and close the skateparks in the same period, but due to adverse weather "delays were unavoidable".

The new skatepark is being designed and built by Acrete Skateparks with a user group of young people helping to chose the company and design.

It will include new features such as a bowl section, a street section, a peanut bowl and a bike jump.

Mr Ward, owner of Freestyle in Newport City Centre and a skatepark user himself, said: "To be honest the outcome is going to far out weigh the wait.

"The park that is coming is much better than the park that is being destroyed."

He said that the old facility was in a state of "ill-repair," while the new site will be bigger and smoother for skaters.

He added the surroundings of Tredegar Park would probably make for a nicer setting than the car park at the NISV.

The council said that the user group had been "very supportive" and understood the potential delays from the start of the project.

It said the concrete finishes of the new park couldn't be completed in inclement weather conditions.

The last day of skating at the Edge will be today. The new park is expected to open towards the end of July.

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12:25pm Sun 10 Jun 12

polly12 says...

yes it maybe better but it isn`t fair on the kids living in the area of where it is now.
many youngsters can`t get to Tredegar park.
yes it maybe better but it isn`t fair on the kids living in the area of where it is now. many youngsters can`t get to Tredegar park. polly12
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4:34pm Mon 11 Jun 12

DCork.97 says...

I don't think that it's fair that this skatepark has closed. If there's someone who doesn't like football in the Spytty area of close enough to skate to quickly there's nothing to do. The cinema is too pricey for young people to go to every time they get bored, the Edge skate park has been closed weeks before the new one is due to be finished and Tredegar park is too far out of the way for any child that doesn't have a parents taxi service and can't spare the money for a bus. I can't understand why there's an astro-turf pitch at the NISV, the Gol centre at Lliswerry High and new pitches being built behind the velodrome centre, yet there's still a need for another football centre.
I don't think that it's fair that this skatepark has closed. If there's someone who doesn't like football in the Spytty area of close enough to skate to quickly there's nothing to do. The cinema is too pricey for young people to go to every time they get bored, the Edge skate park has been closed weeks before the new one is due to be finished and Tredegar park is too far out of the way for any child that doesn't have a parents taxi service and can't spare the money for a bus. I can't understand why there's an astro-turf pitch at the NISV, the Gol centre at Lliswerry High and new pitches being built behind the velodrome centre, yet there's still a need for another football centre. DCork.97
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