SPORT: Olympic hopeful Alex Decunha to open Christchurch skatepark

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Two Riversmeet skate park to be opened by Alex Decunha, an Olympic skateboarding trialist on Saturday 8 June.

The new Arena Skate Park at Two Riversmeet Leisure Complex in Christchurch is to be opened by the GB Olympic hopeful.

Skateboarding is to become an Olympic sport in 2020; this has seen the sport increase in popularity.

After the official opening, a Skate Jam is going to be held between 12-4pm, giving people the chance to showcase their skills.

Councillor Lewis Allison, Cabinet portfolio Holder for Tourism, Leisure and Communities said: “It’s great to see the refurbishment of this popular outdoor facility.

“Engagement with the local community in the initial design stage has ensured Arena Skate Park caters for the people who will be using it, both now and in the future.

“It provides an innovative recreational environment and encourages a healthy lifestyle for skaters of all ages.

The park, which is reopening after a ten-week long refurbishment, now includes concrete ramps, a quarter pipe, floating ledge and flat bank.

40 local skaters were involved in the refurbishment process, helping to fine tune the designs suggested by Maverick, the company behind the build.

Rebecca Whelan-Edmonds, Community and Recreation Officer at BCP Council spoke highly of Maverick, saying they exceeded expectations for the site.

The skatepark is part of the wider Christchurch Play Project, the programme has seen £1.2m of investment into local playgrounds, with 15 play areas seeing the benefits.

If you want to know more about the park or the Skate Jam check here.

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