The world’s first purpose-built multi-storey skate park has opened in Folkestone. Folkestone’s F51 skatepark opened to the public on Monday April 4 and to mark the occasion artist Sam Cox, also known as Mr Doodle, was there to create a unique work of art outside of the building.
The skatepark, the only one of its kind in the world, has three superimposed floors dedicated to all types of skateboarding and BMX, with something for all levels. It is also home to Folkestone Amateur Boxing Club and boasts the highest rock climbing venue in the South East, with walls 15m high and over 580 square meters of climbing area.
Hannah Prizeman, Head of Partnerships and Marketing, said: “We are so thrilled to finally be open, we wanted to make sure everything went smoothly, so people could have the best possible experience on their first visit and that in It’s been a great start, especially with the mid-term break, we’ve already had so much interest, it’s really nice to be able to offer this to the community and see everything fall into place.
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“The climbing wall is not open yet, but we hope to announce that date very soon, so watch this space. Rock climbing is a great option for people who want to come and get involved and check out the facility, but who might feel a little nervous about skating, it’s great that we’re able to offer something for everyone.”
Fully qualified trainers are on hand for skateboarding and rock climbing, so whatever your level there is help on hand to ensure you get the most out of your experience. Stewart Burgess, from Dover, was there for the second day in a row with his 12-year-old son Jai, he said: “It’s mega, we were here yesterday for the opener and came back today.
“My son rides a scooter and we used to go to Hythe which is obviously further out for us so that’s been great. He had just found his feet here yesterday and now we came back today he Fly.
“People always say there’s nothing for kids so it’s a great venue, with the three floors as well there’s room for everyone and a good variety so scooters don’t do not interfere with skateboarders.
“It’s also great value for money, it’s not expensive for what you can do here.” Jai, 12, said, “It’s so much fun, it’s awesome.”
Outside the room, Mr. Doodle was creating a unique piece of art on the walls of the room. He said: “It’s such a great facility for people in the area, it’s really great to be involved in this way.
“I just freestyle my job so I have an idea in my head and then I get to work.” The theme here is obviously skateboarders, rock climbing, boxing, anything to represent what people can come do on the spot. “It’s a really cool project to be involved in.”
The skatepark is open from 10am to 10pm, 7 days a week, but it is advisable to check online reservations for updates. For more information and to book you can visit the website HERE and you can also find them on Facebook HERE
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