Surprise opening of ‘Devon’s biggest skate park’

A major £365,000 investment to revamp a popular skate park in Devon has unexpectedly opened today as soon as works were finished.

Owl expects this to be very popular!

Anita Merritt 

The sudden completion has been welcomed by skaters who have been desperate to use Exmouth Phear Skate Park since it closed in June.

The official opening event will take place on Saturday, October 30, from noon to 4pm, which will include an informal competition and professional demo riders.

The investment into the project saw £240,000 coming from East Devon District Council, and £125,000 from Exmouth Town Council.

The design was agreed in consultation with a group of local skate park users. It is free to use.

An aerial view of the revamp plans at Exmouth Phear Skate Park

An aerial view of the revamp plans at Exmouth Phear Skate Park (Image: EDDC)

A spokesperson for East Devon District Council said: “Work on the new skate park in Phear Park, Exmouth, finished this afternoon, October 14, and as we knew skaters were keen to use the site we have already opened it up for use.

“Security fencing will remain around the edge of the site to help the new landscaping to settle in and the new grass to grow.

“We ask that users please keep off the fenced-off areas as much as possible to help prevent the new skate park getting covered in mud.”

Phear Skate Park received a £150,000 redevelopment in 2018, and when it reopened it was hailed as ‘one of the best skate parks in the country’.

It involved the demolition of old wooden equipment which was replaced with a new concrete skate park, designed with input from a group of local skaters and BMX riders.

Among those happy to see the skate park back in use again is Graham Hill, owner of Exmouth skate shop Rule 1, who has helped bring the new facility to the town.

He said: “I’m pretty sure I’m right in saying this is now Devons biggest skate park.

“I would like to thank councillor Paul Millar for helping me to finally getting this finished after five years of trying.

“Enjoy the radness and wear a helmet.”