The purpose-built skatepark in Northampton’s Midsummer Meadow opened in July 2012, providing a free facility where skateboards, roller blades, stunt scooters and BMXs can be used.
The skatepark has already earned a reputation as one of the best facilities of its kind in the UK, drawing in thousands of visitors to the town.
It also helps that the skatepark is easily accessible from the town centre, next to bus routes and has nearby parking.
The design includes elements that can be used by those with a range of skill levels, whilst allowing them to practice and develop their skills.
It measures 60m x 40m – about half the size of a football pitch – and is made of concrete which is hard-wearing and creates less noise than wood or steel.
In order to further cater for visitors a new permanent café with toilet facilities has just been opened to support the popularity of the skatepark site and the surrounding area, the café began operation at the end of July 2013.
More recent additions include a café, toilets and a shelter with Bluetooth connectivity, enabling users to stay in the dry and play music from any device with a connection. Floodlights allow the facility to be used until 9.30pm even throughout the winter.