Why a Wheels and Skate Park?
Skateboarding is a social sport that has multi-generational appeal and has grown into a mainstream pursuit and an inspirational Olympic sport
Historically, some skating facilities ended up in dark forgotten corners of parks and gained a bad reputation. The Portishead Skate and Wheels Park at the Lake Grounds will be a safe, well monitored destination that our young people can be proud of.
Having access to high quality facilities can help Portishead local young people and adults access the kind of opportunities that are available elsewhere, facilities that they have requested for many years!
Skateboard England describes significant benefits that skateboarding can have in relation to mental health and physical wellbeing. In contrast to a lot of sports, the lack of team element means there is no social pressure on skateboarders who can be encouraged to learn and grow at their own pace whilst being supported by an inclusive skating community.
The facility will be a state of the art concrete skate bowl at the Lake Grounds adjacent to Esplanade Road. The Park will be run as a fully inclusive and accessible community facility and is designed for all ages and abilities. Coaching will be available provided by trained sports coaches.
Here is the exciting design! Note: the Wheels Park will be set into the existing grass.
This is the location on the Lake Grounds
The plan is to be open in late 2022.
What funding do we need?
The new skate park will cost up to £300,000 and will take about 6 months to build once funding is in place.
We aim to reach this target though a mixture of money raised by the community and via grant funding organisations such as sports bodies and the national lottery.
Grant funders will look at the level of community support for a project so the more we can raise the better chance we have of unlocking the grants we need!
We have put together a package of funding rewards including the chance to get a limited-edition Portishead Skate Park T-Shirt, Hoodie or Skate Deck, sponsoring a Palm Tree or having your name on a personalised ceramic tile surrounding the bowl.
How can you help?
- Just make a donation of any amount or support us in return for a variety of rewards which are our way of thanking you for your support.
- Spread the word by telling as many people as possible about this fantastic community project.
- Fundraise for us in any way you wish including setting up your own fundraising page. Please contact us via our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/WaspPortishead to discuss further.
Who are we?
We are Portishead WASP (Wheels and Skate Park) CIC, a registered Community Interest Company made up of Portishead volunteer residents, set up to manage the funding and implementation of this project.
By working together, we can finally make the dream of many people over the years a reality by creating a facility that enhances the area that we can all be proud of. Let’s do it!