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New skate park plan for North Cardiff

North Cardiff could be in line for a new skate park as part of a project to invest in the city's skating infrastructure over the coming years.


The plan would see six new skate parks built by 2032 and many existing skate parks converted into modern concrete-based facilities, which are more resilient and need less maintenance.


The proposal revealed by Cardiff Council would deliver four new 'destination' skate parks, covering the north, west, east and central Cardiff. The locations have yet to be discussed, and the project is subject to funding.


The south of the city, which is already home to Cardiff's only concrete destination skate park, would also get a smaller neighbourhood skatepark. And the strategy also suggests developing an Olympic-standard skatepark in the Sports Village to develop the sport in Wales at a competitive level.


It also sets out a framework for introducing rain-sheltered skate facilities, and smaller ‘spot' and ‘dot' skate facilities into existing parks.


Developed by the council with the support of internationally renowned skate park consultants Van de Zalm and New Line Skate Parks, the city's ‘Skateboard Amenities Strategy' aims to support and grow the skateboarding community, foster a diverse user group, and create skate amenities that support a wide range of uses and skill levels, the council says.


Current skate parks in North Cardiff are at Glider Field, Llanishen; Moundfield, Morganstown; Creigiau Recreation Ground; Waterhall Park, Fairwater; and Parc Coed y Nant, Pentwyn.


Council cabinet member Jennifer Burke, said: "We want as many people as possible to take part in physical activity and the great thing about skateboarding is that, as well as being a relatively low-cost sport to get involved in, it also appeals to people of all ages - from young children and teenagers, to older skaters, some of who are now introducing their own kids to the sport.


"Modern, purpose-built concrete skateparks are quieter, higher quality, and require less maintenance than wooden and steel-framed facilities and will ensure Cardiff's vibrant and diverse skateboard community can continue to grow and thrive."


The strategy is due to be discussed at the scrutiny committee next Tuesday (14 January) - you can see the papers here - before it goes to the cabinet meeting next Thursday (16 January).





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