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Deeside skatepark is actually a "leisure Center" in north Wales. This center has a world class skatepark, Ice skating ringk and more. I have seen a few instagram posts of broken hearted bmx riders, talking bout how the deeside skatepark is being torn down. Here is why..
This looks like a really fun skatepark with a little bit of age. However you can see marks from use. From everything that I have read, Deeside has been around since the 70's and is owned and operated by Flintshire County Council.
A professional hockey team was here earlier, along with multiple concerts. As of March, the center has been doing good, adding a $1,000,000 field for sports. It looks like a lot of changes are in store,
Here's the instagram post I saw April 2nd...
Here' s where it all gets interesting, The video shows a huge back-ho literally ripping apart the skatepark. Not just taking it down, but deleting it completely. I found an article from Deeside and heres a highligh:
"Deeside Leisure Centre will be the third location of a temporary hospital to treat North Wales residents.https://aura.wales/2020/04/02/deeside-leisure-centre-to-become-north-wales-third-temporary-hospital-for-covid-19-patients/
Around 250 additional beds will be made available to the NHS as part of the multi-agency partnership between Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Flintshire County Council, Aura Leisure and Libraries, and Wrexham County Borough Council.https://aura.wales/2020/04/02/deeside-leisure-centre-to-become-north-wales-third-temporary-hospital-for-covid-19-patients/
A lot of instagram comments ask, why can they just use an already flat surface and save the poor skatepark from being torn to shreds.
I don't think it's that simple. Let me tell you why.
As we learn more I will continue to update the post. But heres what is going on. NHS has a plan to increase the available beds by 850 total in North Wales. They felt that the best way to go about it is to build one here in place of a leisure center.
Will they replace it? My opinion, no. I don't think they will. Skateparks cost a lot of money and to redo all of the materials and labor would probably cost upwards of $300,000 (my guess). Not to mention the long term effect in the economy. If they do rebuild it, I bet it wont be for 5 years or so.
Rest In Peace Deeside. Remember to enjoy every park you have because it might not be around forever. If you have ridden there before, leave a comment and let me know your favorite memory.