4:02pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013
A UNIQUE indoor skatepark is to open in Stroud for hundreds of bikers and boarders.
The professionally designed Rush Skatepark at Brimscombe Port has been created by parents Jerry and Michelle Norman who spotted an opportunity as they found themselves driving their youngest son Josh, 15, long distances to pursue his skateboarding hobby.
"It came about after visiting many indoor parks across the country," said Michelle, who has left her job as a personal assistant to commit to the venture.
"The facilities were very poor, cold and some quite expensive and we also spent many hours travelling.
"We wanted to create a place for young people to come and enjoy themselves as well as doing something active rather than sitting infront of a TV."
The 40,000sqft unit, which has been completely refurbished, is due to open officially to the public on Saturday, December 7.
It is unique to the UK because it is completely open plan, with no small rooms and no supporting pillars.
The park, which has a 300 rider capacity, includes a street section, park section, bowl, foam pit, resi ramp and a jump track.
"The plan was to open a small indoor park but with the port in the progress of being regenerated it was the ideal location albeit a lot larger than we anticipated," said Michelle.
"It is now starting to look like a skate park.
"The ramps are 80 per cent built and we are now starting refurbishment on the reception area, parents room and office space.
"We will also have a well stocked shop run by Scoot69 selling bmx, scooters, skateboards, inline skates, clothing and parts.
"We are also hoping to open a café in the new year, however there will be vending machines for hot and cold drinks and sandwiches until that time."
The skate park will be open 6 days a week (closed on Mondays) and will also be available for private hire.
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