Could the Trop become a skatepark?
PUBLISHED: 13:00 24 June 2011
WESTON'S derelict Tropicana could become an indoor skatepark if ambitious new plans are given a green light.
The Legend Skatepark Community Interest Company (CIC), a group dedicated to building a skating facility in the town, has handed in a proposal to take over the site to the working group responsible for its future.
Although the bid, one of seven handed in over the past week, is in its early stages, it has been suggested that sports giant Nike could support a new skatepark, possibly though the providing of equipment from another site.
Nikki Stabbins came up with the idea for the park, after her husband Simon was killed and her 16-year-old, BMX-riding son Ryan, was seriously injured in a motorbike accident in September 2009, leading her to pledge funds available towards the creation of a project to help young people in North Somerset.
The group’s to create a huge sports facility in Winterstoke Road fell through earlier this year, leaving the group to look at alternative locations.
Nikki said: “We had thought about the Tropicana last year, but we thought the cost would be too great due to its derelict state.
“We’ve put our tentative proposal to the Tropicana working group to use it. It’s early days but we have been told that the officers are currently considering our proposal, which sounds hopeful.”
Nikki added that the group had been in discussions to bring some elements of the Nike 6.0 BMX project, an extreme sports park currently based in a former swimming pool in Dagenham, to the new venture in Weston.
Equipment, such as ramps, is set to be available after it the venue is demolished, and Nikki added: “What could be better than moving the equipment from one pool, to another?”
Maxwell Page, one of the group’s organisers, said: “This could be a great community-led project, benefiting the community, not just through skating, but through arts, music and more.
“Considering the size of Weston, there just isn’t a facility big enough in the area, and something like this would be great for the area, but also bring lots of people in.
“Now we want anybody who is in favour of the idea to come forward and say why they want a skatepark here in Weston.”
A spokesman for the council said: “We can confirm that Legend Skatepark has been in touch with the council, amongst others, to express its interest in running the site.
“The concept ideas, along with others we have received, will be considered by the council’s Tropicana working group next month.”