Excitement as skatepark opens

Janina and David Cooper at the launch of their new indoor skate park. 14LASEP26c-1 PPP-140929-152606006
Janina and David Cooper at the launch of their new indoor skate park. 14LASEP26c-1 PPP-140929-152606006

HISTORY is set to be made in Bognor Regis as a new skatepark prepares to open its doors.

On Saturday, The Base Skatepark – the only indoor one for 50 miles – will officially be open for business. Janina Cooper, founder of The Base, said: “This project has superseded my wildest dreams and will have more of an impact than I ever imagined.

“I’m thrilled that in just under a year, from conception to reality, the community has made this dream come true.”

Last Friday, invited guests were given a sneak peak of the £150,000 project, which started in October and has been a labour of love for Janina and her supporters.

It has become a reality thanks to funding for Coast 2 Capital, Sussex Police, local businesses and councils.

Danny Aldridge, pro roller blader said: “This facility is built to an incredibly high standard by some of the best ramp builders in the world. The Base is a true godsend to cultivate these sports and to help young people flourish creatively and professionally.”

The Base will provide a safe environment and facilities for young people to enjoy urban sports, while working to create a sustainable social enterprise.

Liam Riley, 12, said: “The Base is the best skatepark in the world and the best thing that’s ever happened to Bognor. Finally, a safe place for us to practise our skills.”

Jack Hardy, 16, said: “The Base is amazing. You can’t describe it in words. It’s the most positive thing to happen to our community in my lifetime.”