HOPES are high the Island’s first indoor skatepark will leave a lasting legacy.
Building work on a new indoor skatepark in Newport, the first of its kind on the Island, will start on Monday, ahead of its scheduled opening at the end of June.
The company behind the skatepark, The Drop, said it hoped the purpose-built facility, open to skaters, BMX riders, rollerbladers and scooterists, would leave a lasting legacy.
The Drop’s founder and managing director, Glen Walker, said: "After eight months of planning, stacks of paperwork, meetings and generally pulling my hair out, we are finally going to build what I hope to be the best park for the kids and older enthusiasts on the Island."
Mr Walker declined to give a cost for the privately funded scheme.
The new 4,000sq ft skatepark will be built in an empty building on Riverway Industrial Estate, near Central Garage.
It will have ramps of differing sizes and levels of difficulty, a cafe, viewing platform, wi-fi facilities and a shop, plus other surprise features.
The park will be staffed, it will provide sessions for all ages and disciplines and a host of special events, including disco nights, all year round.
Ethical clothing firm, Rapanui, is working in partnership with The Drop.
Co-founder Rob Drake-Knight said: "At Rapanui, we are firm believers in getting out and enjoying life rather than sitting indoors playing computer games.
"The Drop will be the perfect place for the Island’s younger generation to get a taste of extreme sports."