Skatepark construction underway whilst council seek public’s help to name park

Published Thursday, 16th May 2019

Skateboarder on ramp

The hotly-anticipated construction of a new skate park in Southend will begin today (Thursday 16 May) with Maverick Skateparks moving onto the site at Warrior Square to begin the build.

The council gained planning permission to build the skatepark on 20 December 2018 following a comprehensive consultation period to decide on the location and design of the facility.

Whilst the construction takes place - which is anticipated to last 14 weeks - the council is asking for the public’s help in deciding a name for the new facility. Residents have until Friday 31 May to send in their suggestions, either via social media using #SouthendSkatepark or email:

Council officers will then select a shortlist of names and then put the final list back to the public to vote on their favourite. The name with the most votes will then become the official name of the skatepark.

Scott Dolling, director for culture, tourism and property, said: “The skatepark has long been an ambition for the council and we are thrilled to announce that works will begin this week.

“Maverick Skateparks has a very successful history of creating dynamic skateparks that are suitable for all ages and abilities, and we are confident that they will deliver a space that will draw in thousands of skateboarders, BMXers and scooterists to our town.

“When we agreed to go ahead with the skatepark, we knew it was a facility that would be popular with the younger demographic, but we want it to be a facility that accommodates all ages, and so we want the public to have their say on the name of the new space. We welcome all reasonable suggestions and will be sharing more information on our social media channels in the coming days.”