Pro-skaters roll into Renfrew for skatepark open day

Professional skateboarders will be showing off their skills at a special event this weekend to mark the official opening of a state of the art skatepark in Renfrew.

The open day, Saturday 15 May, kicks off at 12pm, will feature professional demonstrations and giveaways by the Vans UK skate team. Local families are invited to bring their kids along for the fun family afternoon.

The event will be a celebration of years of campaigning by local skateboard group, 30 Acres, who worked with Renfrewshire Council to bring the skatepark project to life. They also worked closely with leading UK skatepark builders Gravity Parks on the state-of-the-art design.

Ramsay Maclennan, spokesperson for 30 Acres, said: “The skatepark is excellent and gives the people of Renfrew, young and old, a brand-new sports facility. It is something to be truly proud of. Its design is first-class and it is one of the best, if not the best in Scotland.”

The 1300square metre park includes sprayed concrete and brick obstacles, such as bowls, quarter pipes, banks, hips, blocks and rails.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Derek Mackay said: “This is something we’ve never had before in Renfrew so the open day is a great opportunity for everyone to come along and see for themselves what it’s all about and be impressed by the skills that will be on display – not just by the professionals but even some of our local youngsters.”

The skatepark in Renfrew has also been welcomed by the local police as an excellent facility for young people.

Inspector Eric Kennedy, Renfrew Police said: “Prior to the construction of the Skatepark, the police in Renfrew had been working with partner agencies towards this diversionary facility. Since it opened in March, the area has been monitored on a regular basis by the police, community wardens and environmental officers.
I believe it is an excellent facility for young people.”

The project has been funded by the Scottish Government’s Fairer Scotland Fund and the Renfrew Common Good Fund.

Young people are encouraged to use the skatepark responsibly and reminded that the facility closes at 9pm.

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