Skatepark planned for Weston-super-Mare’s Tropicana

PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 January 2018

Weston's Tropicana on the Sea Front.

Weston's Tropicana on the Sea Front.

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As the rink thaws at Icescape at the Tropicana, the wheels are in motion for its latest guise next month.

The former lido will become home to halfpipes, ramps and rails for the February half-term, as a pop-up indoor skatepark hopes to ‘channel the energy of the youth into something really positive’.

Transend Skatepark will be held at the Trop, in Marine Parade, from February 12-16, and Andrew Skyrme, head of the organisation, is ‘excited’ for it to get underway.

He told the Mercury: “It’s great, and the thing which is most exciting is North Somerset Council and Weston Town Council has partnered with us on this.

“This will give kids something to do, with a space to chill out and expert tuition will be available.”

The Transend Skatepark team is based at Weston’s Holy Trinity Church, and Mr Skyrme revealed organisation’s intention to open a permanent, covered facility for skaters in Weston. He believes the event at the Tropicana is an important stage in the process.

He said: “We’re looking at more than just a pop-up skatepark, we want to channel the energy of the youth into something positive.

“We are a bunch of Christ-centred skaters from the local churches of Weston, who want to serve our local skate, scooter and BMX community with the vision of opening a skate warehouse where the community can come together and nurture youth to their full potential and beyond.

“Skateboarding has in the past had a ‘bad boy’ image where drugs and alcohol are widely used and abused. This has led to the skating community being a displaced people group who have always been seen as not wanted and a pain to have around.

“Our vision is to turn that on its head and train, mentor, equip and release those young people into their God-given destiny.

“With skateboarding entering the Olympics in Japan in 2020, we aim to mentor, train and equip those youth into becoming the next Olympic champions of 2020 and beyond.

“Our goal is to build a community and a centre of excellence, free from drugs and bullying. There are amazing kids out there with amazing talent.”

The skatepark will have age-restricted time periods and online booking is required. For more information, visit www.transendskatepark.co.uk

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