The building of a skate, bmx and scooter park in West Swindon commenced on 2 June with a hoped for completion in mid-July, ready for the school summer holidays.
The project was first discussed at the West Swindon Forum in 2012, when a group of young people made a presentation on the need to provide facilities for skaters and scooter users.
Originally the skatepark was proposed for Salt Way Fields in Middleleaze but residents living in the vicinity objected. A consultation in 2014 identified the open space off Rivermead Drive, opposite the Renault building as suitable, but work was delayed because extra costs were going to be incurred as the new location required a lot more work to install drainage and stronger foundations to ensure a high quality, long lasting facility. However these issues have been resolved and the seven week build is underway.
Rivermead Drive is off the increasingly busy Mead Way, well away from housing. It will require users to access it via a number of footpath routes, or by car.
Councillor Nick Martin, who brought the young people to the forum three years ago, said: “It’s been really disappointing that it has taken three years to deliver this facilities. It’s quite a small skatepark, but I’m delighted it’s now happening.
“I’m sorry the skatepark is not closer to where people live. I would urge parents to ensure their children are safe and encourage them to use footpaths, and not walk on the main roads even if it takes them a little longer to get there a little more time.”
Top, a computer generated image of the skate park being built by Wheelscape. Below, the location next to Rivermead Drive. Bottom, the site in relation to the Spectrum/Renault building and Mead Way