SKATERS have given the thumbs up to a new £160,000 park in Fareham.
About 1,000 people visited throughout the day, many who were happy just to sit back and watch skateboarders, BMX bikers, scooter riders and in-line skaters test out the park’s ramps and rails.
Fareham’s mayor Councillor Michael Ford was there to officially open the facility.
Jak Tonge, 26, from Fareham, organised the event along with others from skate tuition business JDP Workshops.
Jak said he was thrilled with the number of people that had come along.
‘It’s been brilliant,’ he said.
‘People are loving it and they’ve been helping each other out and teaching each other things as well.
‘There’s been a lot of community spirit.’
There were competitions for each type of skating with prizes given out to the best junior and senior riders.
Sam Greest, 25, from Gosport, won the senior skateboarding category.
I couldn’t ask for anything more.Sam Greest
Sam said he had been skateboarding for about 10 years and loved the new park.
‘Before we had a metal ramp, now we’ve got basically a small plaza,’ he said.
‘I couldn’t ask for anything more.’
After he had handed out the prizes, Jak had one skateboard left, which was thrown from the top of a ramp into a waiting crowd of young skaters. It was caught by Woody Willis, 18, from Gosport.
Woody said he was ‘buzzing’ after claiming the prize.
‘I needed a new deck as well,’ he said.
The event’s sponsors included Bored of Southsea, The Drawing Boards, Herbal Skateboards, Signature Clothing and Total BMX.
Jak said he hoped the Skate Park Jam would be an annual event, and become part of a series of skating competitions for young people across the region.