Couple create skate park to ramp up board teens

Jamie Phillips, of Mexborough, has built a new skate park called North Bridge Skate Park, at Marsh Gate. Picture: Andrew Roe
Jamie Phillips, of Mexborough, has built a new skate park called North Bridge Skate Park, at Marsh Gate. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A COUPLE have ramped up a disused warehouse by turning it into a skate park.

Greer Phillips, 32, and husband Jamie, 37, opened the new skatepark on Friday, after getting fed up of having to drive their son Ethan to venues in Leeds of Sheffield to practice his boarding skills.

Ryan Beasley, 11, of Swinton rides his scooter at the new skate park, North Bridge Skate Park, at Marsh Gate. Picture: Andrew Roe

Ryan Beasley, 11, of Swinton rides his scooter at the new skate park, North Bridge Skate Park, at Marsh Gate. Picture: Andrew Roe

The Pit Skate Park, soon to be renamed the North Bridge Skate Park based in Marsh Gate, Doncaster is set in a 12,000 feet building and features ramps, jumps and an area for parents to sit and watch.

Mrs Greer, said: “We have done it all ourselves over 12 weeks, building all the ramps and tracks from scratch.

“Our 10 year old son has done this before and it is an hour away to the nearest skate park, which is why we decided to do it.”

The couple, from Mexborough, have organised the construction and decoration of the sports venue themselves, with the help of friends.

The official opening will take place tomorrow, with many of the 250 skate and BMX tickets sold to eager skaters keen to try out the new centre.

In addition to the ramps there is also a seating area for parents to come along and watch, with graffiti artists being brought in to make the skate area look the part.

There is also a five metre long foam pit area for any tricks that lead into trips and helmet hire will be available for £1.

The official site facebook group called The PIT Skatepark Doncaster has already attracted 2,000 members.

Sessions will cost from £3.50, with the centre open daily between 4pm and 9pm.

Skaters will asked to become members of the park for £15 in a bid to avoid trouble by young people hanging around or using the area as a youth centre.

For more information about the skate park or membership call Greer Phillips on 07738 269417. The facebook page is available by searching for The PIT Skatepark Doncaster.