Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man's first concrete skate bowl opens

ISB Image copyright Mark Edwards
Image caption Braddan Parish Commissioners have already been approached by others about the new bowl

The first concrete bowl for skaters and bikers has officially opened on the Isle of Man.

The £56,000 extension to the skate park in Braddan came about after the Isle of Man Skateboarding (ISB) group approached commissioners.

Braddan Parish Commissioners said the bowl was a "bold step" that was "innovative and wanted".

ISB founder Kristian Edwards said many skate parks are "dilapidated" and the development created a "bench mark".

Image copyright Mark Edwards
Image caption The new bowl, funded by Braddan ratepayers, is an extension of the island's only concrete park

The park was built by UK ramp experts ConCreate after a tender process.

It was funded by Braddan ratepayers and is an extension of the island's only concrete park, which was built in 2013.

Mr Edwards said: "Many skate parks on the island are currently unusable, dilapidated and dangerous."

"Our aim is to promote skateboarding on the Isle of Man and thanks to this we have a great opportunity to do that."

"We want to thank Paul Parker for driving the project."

Commissionaire Colin Whiteway said: "When the first park was built we received very positive feedback and we were happy to listen to a request for an extension.

"Other authorities have already asked about our facility and will no doubt be paying attention to how successful it is."

The park was officially opened with a competition for local skaters on Saturday.

Image copyright Braddan Parish Commissioners
Image caption The park was built by UK ramp experts after a tender process

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