The new skate park extension at Potterne Park in Verwood was officially opened on Sunday (12 May). Cllr Lucy Clark, Chairman of East Dorset District Council performed the formalities before the party began.
The Skatejam drew over a hundred skateboarders and BMX bikers from miles around to compete for prizes and the Vans Team gave freestyle displays to show how the pros do it.
Through a special design concept the new facilities cater for beginner riders but also provide a street/urban park for more experienced users. The extension has been designed in consultation with BMX and skate park users.
With the addition of LED flood and feature lighting, as well as an integral youth shelter and the already well-used existing dirt track, bowl and speaker system, the park will become a gold standard destination.
The extended facility was funded via contributions from the Heathland Mitigation Fund, East Dorset PACT (Partners and Communities Together) and Synergy Housing and was project managed by East Dorset District Council’s Countryside Management Service.
Photo copyright Dan Lee