A new indoor skatepark in Chale Green, opened its doors to the public on February 21.
Canopy Skatepark is a four-hundred square metre (4,300 sq ft) indoor wooden skate park, designed and engineered to a very high specification, open to local skaters and visitors to the Island. It is hoped that it will also provide a space for teaching and attract an international audience – such as skate teams and professional skaters, to skate, tutor and film.
Hamish and Erin Fleming bought a derelict farmyard five years ago with the dream to create an educational and holiday centre, with ‘phase one’ being the opening of the skate park.
The skate park will be open to all ages, with sessions for toddlers, school groups, after-school sessions, open sessions, ‘silver surfers’ and those who need special attention and support.
At an open day on February 20, the day before the official opening, local skateboarders were invited to try out the ramps and show off their talent.
Hamish and Erin said: “This project embraces education, tourism, physical activity (including positively impacting mental health), employment creation, and the prosperity and rejuvenation of a local rural community. In any way we can, we want to contribute to protecting the environment for the future generations.
“We use recycled materials wherever possible and we intend to become self-sufficient for energy using solar and wind. Over the last seven years, we have planted several thousand trees – with nearly 1,000 planted on the Camp Corve site alone. Central to our philosophy is encouraging self-worth and a positive headspace.”
Along with the skate park, ‘phase two’ of the works will expand the range of activities – including a mountain bike track, archery range and bushcraft area, which will all be only a short distance away from nearby beaches, known for surfing.
Accommodation and a classroom/common room with cooking facilities are also planned.
Further information on Canopy Skatepark can be found online at canopyskatepark.com.