Sol Joel skate park expansion completedBy Julie Spencer
July 18, 2012
The skateboard park at Sol Joel park has been expanded – just in time for the summer holidays.
The third phase of the skate park was finished yesterday (Tuesday) giving skaters more scope to perform tricks.
The first two phases of the park, which include a two-metre deep bowl, were built 18 months ago and Earley Town Council has been waiting for funds to finish it off.
Maddy Bristow, deputy town clerk, said: “The third phase includes a connection to one side of the bowl to make a complete circuit.There is also a hip, which is like a ridge, grind rail and a small quarter pipe.”
The town council has designed the park as a hub for teenagers with a BMX track and the new parkour or free running course, funded by Wokingham Borough Council, which opened last month.
Mrs Bristow added: “The parkour park is really well used. One of my colleagues saw 30 people queuing to use it at the weekend.”
The skate park at St Crispin’s, which closed for vital repairs last month, could open as early as Monday. Contractors were on site yesterday (Tuesday) at London Road welding the ramps. They hope to be able to apply a special grip paint at the weekend. A council spokesman said: “They need dry weather to apply the paint and we are aiming for Monday to reopen.”