It’s taken a long time to arrive but the West Swindon neighbourhood skate and scooter park at Rivermead Drive off Mead Way is now available to use.
It will be officially opened by the Deputy Mayor of Swindon on Thursday 30 July, 11am and on Sunday 23 August, 12noon to 3pm, park builders Wheelscape are organising a skatejam with professional skaters, scooterists and BMX riders showing off their stunt skills.
The first users were very positive. Experienced skater Pete Case said: “I love it; it’s well designed and easy to use. I can’t fault it.”
Harry Bidwell from Oakhurst added: “It’s a modern design, quite bold and challenging for what is quite a small facility. But people are going to have fun using it.”
Robin Bales from North Swindon used to work for skatepark design company and said: “It has a lot of promise; the first impressions are good.”
The SatNav location is SN5 7UT
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But please take the safe routes to get there
The site off Rivermead Drive is far away from housing and on the east side of Mead Way. This means skate boarders, scooter riders and BMX bikes could be tempted to walk alongside and cross major roads to get there.
Mead Way and Whitehill Way are particularly heavily used and present a major danger to pedestrians who don’t pay attention. Parents should consider taking younger children to Rivermead Drive by car, or ensure that they know the safe access routes.
The map below shows where the skate park is being built and the pedestrian/cycle ways to use to avoid going close to the vehicle routes.
Full size copies of this map produced by Swindon Link are available at West Swindon Library.