New location for Rhyl skate park revealed

Denbighshire County Council has revealed its preferred location for Rhyl’s new skate park.

Following a public consultation during which more than 200 people had the chance to influence the new skate park’s design and location, the Council has identified a section of East Parade Bowls Club as a suitable location.

The existing skate park will be out of use for a number of months, which is unavoidable due to work on the new waterpark, but Denbighshire is confident the new modern skate park, which will take up one of the club’s four greens, will be worth waiting for.

Cllr Hugh Evans OBE, Leader of Denbighshire County Council, said:  “Following feedback from users and the public we identified one of the greens at East Parade Bowls Club as the preferred location for the new skate park.

“After looking at a number of locations, officers met with the Bowls Club Committee and they are happy for this option to be explored further.

“The location is still dependent on surveys and planning permission being granted.

“There are a number of benefits to this site, including the possibility of bringing the Taste Academy building back into use as a café with the higher footfall expected in this area.

“We want to create a more vibrant active zone and the skate park and bowling club will offer residents and visitors a great mix of facilities as well as bringing more footfall and business to this area of the promenade – all year round.

“This new facility will offer state-of-the-art equipment and will improve the offer to users.”

East Parade Bowls Club comprises of four greens and the fourth green, currently used for pitch and putt, will be home to the new skate park.

If there is demand for pitch and putt this can be relocated to one of the other greens.

Don Cornes, chair of East Parade Bowls Club, said: “At present our club has about 70 members serving mainly the elderly population, although we do have some younger members.

“I am sure that if the skate park was erected here that we could have a good relationship with the younger generation.

“We have had a very good relationship with the Council over recent years.

“We are happy to explore the use of this site and are hopeful it will bring benefits to the club.

“The club has a long tradition of being involved with the local community and this project will continue that tradition.”

Posted on Wednesday 18th October 2017