Freshwater Skatepark & Pumptrack

Help us raise money to build a new Skatepark & a Pump track in Freshwater.

Freshwater skatepark is coming to an end of its life with repairs and upkeep becoming increasingly costly.

Current Skatepark

Freshwater Parish Council recently approved a plan to build a new Skatepark and Pump Track at Stroud.

 Freshwater Skatepark is coming to the end of its life with repairs and upkeep becoming increasingly costly.  The current skatepark has served its purpose and has always been popular, but its design and location doesn’t fit with current thinking.

Proposal

  • Build a new skatepark and pump track at Stroud 
  • Design the park to accommodate all riders (Skateboard, Scooter and Bikes etc).
  • Design a park that has a long life.
  • Design the park to be attractive and welcoming to all. A park where families can picnic and people want to come and spend time to watch and or participate.
  • Ensuring the design is challenging for the most proficient riders but also has an area for beginners and small children.

Investment in the younger generation is an investment for the future of our community

 

Joe Crockett performs scooter tricks

Concrete Skateparks

  • Concrete skateparks have been around since the early days of skateboarding.
  • Southsea skatepark was built in 1978 by the local authority constructing a series of concrete bowls that are still in situ today.
  • Todays concrete designs are built to last for generations of tough, punishing use within landscaped settings that integrate social, architectural and environmental demands too.
  • Demand for new technically challenging skateparks is on the rise with many local authorities building them.

 

young person on skateboard performing tricks

Pump Track

  • A pump track is a circuit of rollers, banked turns and features designed to be ridden completely by riders “pumping“ generating momentum by up and down body movements, instead of pedalling or pushing.
  • Pump tracks were originally designed for the mountain bike and BMX scene, and now, due to concrete constructions, is also used by skateboarders, scooters and accessible to wheelchairs.
  • Pump tracks are relatively simple to use, cheap to construct, and cater to a wide variety of rider skill levels.
  • The IOW does not have a Pump Track, so this would be the very first one.
  • A Pump Track in the West Wight would attract interest from right across the Island and a great asset for West Wight tourism.

 

 

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Skateboarding in the Olympics

  • Skateboarding will make its debut as an Olympic sport at the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in 2021
  • Twelve-year-old Sky Brown is smashing the skateboarding world and beating adults much older than her.
  • At the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, Sky will be Britain’s youngest ever summer Olympian.
  • Skateboarding has become hugely popular in recent years
  • Sky Brown and Tony Hawk have been a big influence on the popularity of skateboarding
  • The Isle of Wight’s own Martha is also a huge influence on local young skaters
  • The Pandemic has seen many more people take up skateboarding or start skating again
  • Investment in the younger generation is an investment for the future

Plan

  • The Project to span 2 years
  • Freshwater Parish Council to invest £60K each year into the project
  • Match Freshwater Parish Council’s funding with Grants, Fund Raising, Sponsorship and Advertising
  • Build a Pump Track in the first year (This is achievable and will generate interest and more funding for the skatepark in the following year)

Involving local groups, clubs, businesses etc..

Including

  • Isle of Wight Surf Club
  • Canopy Skatepark
  • Eddie’s Surf Academy
  • John Cattle
  • Adrian’s bike shop
  • Plus many more……