Skate park dream comes true as indoor venue opens

Indoor skate park opens in Poole

Indoor skate park opens in Poole

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A BOYHOOD dream became reality for Tony Hill on Sunday after his brand new indoor skate park opened in Poole.

Prevail Skatehouse, which is in a former builder’s merchants in the Kinson Pottery Industrial Estate, has been a labour of love for Mr Hill, his brother Steven, and their friend Chris Davis.

The trio, who have not received any outside funding to build the skate park, began with just one ramp in October.

But they are hoping to continue developing the Skatehouse, with a cafe, a shop, and a huge bowl still to come.

“It’s been unbelievably hard work, with no help whatsoever from Poole Council,” said Mr Hill.

“I’m a carpenter by trade, and we had the place designed by a pro and then built it ourselves. I’ve had four days off since October, and we’ve worked for up to 15 hours every day, but it’s great to see it open.”

Mr Hill said he has been dreaming of opening a skate park since he was just 13.

“It’s taken me five years to get the planning sorted,” he said.

“When this place was empty, it was getting vandalised and squatters were here. But we’re here now.”

The venue will be open every day of the week, including school holidays.

Members of staff and volunteers will always be on-hand to make sure everyone using the venue is safe.

15-year-old Max Smith and 16-year-old Nathan Russell, both skateboarders, said the skate park is “unbelievable”.

Max said: “It’s massive – it looks smaller in the Facebook pictures, so it’s great.”

The boys, who have been to a similar venue together in Cornwall, said: “Compared to anything else we’ve got locally, it’s really well done.

“It’s just huge.”

Jess Brunyee, 14, who brought her scooter to the Skatehouse, said: “I’ve been here before when they were building it.

“I’d come here to watch it all progress. I saw it when there were just two ramps, and now it’s huge. It’s amazing.”

Kane Bortre, 14, said he’d looked around as the building was going on, adding: “It’s really good – it looks great here.”

For more information, or to become a member for £50 a year, visit prevailskatehouse.co.uk

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9:09am Wed 26 Dec 12

wilkiemini says...

What an inspirational man Tony Hill is, against all odds the park is now open.

I for one will be making every effort to encourage my teenager to go and visit....if I see you Tony I will shake your hand!

Shame on Poole council for not supporting this project :-(

All credit to Tony and his gang x
What an inspirational man Tony Hill is, against all odds the park is now open. I for one will be making every effort to encourage my teenager to go and visit....if I see you Tony I will shake your hand! Shame on Poole council for not supporting this project :-( All credit to Tony and his gang x wilkiemini
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9:17am Wed 26 Dec 12

oneshortleg says...

Well done Tony, and another shot in the arm for Bournemouth Council, who could have had this project at West Howe and possibly reduce anti-social behaviour and therefore reduce police, youth service and other costs.
Well done Tony, and another shot in the arm for Bournemouth Council, who could have had this project at West Howe and possibly reduce anti-social behaviour and therefore reduce police, youth service and other costs. oneshortleg
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9:18am Wed 26 Dec 12

Old Harry says...

Congratulations to the three of you. the Health & Safety hurdles you had to go through must have been horrendous.
Congratulations to the three of you. the Health & Safety hurdles you had to go through must have been horrendous. Old Harry
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10:29am Wed 26 Dec 12

buickboy says...

Old Harry wrote:
Congratulations to the three of you. the Health & Safety hurdles you had to go through must have been horrendous.
What a great story ! Well done to all concerned, hope you do really well.
[quote][p][bold]Old Harry[/bold] wrote: Congratulations to the three of you. the Health & Safety hurdles you had to go through must have been horrendous.[/p][/quote]What a great story ! Well done to all concerned, hope you do really well. buickboy
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10:41am Wed 26 Dec 12

vickability says...

Well done you three, much needed for the area. Shame it's taken so long to arrive especially for my son who is now 23 years old and been an avid skateboarder for 11 years. He's been to most parks around the country, Cornwall, London, Weymouth and despite his age and being a little out of practice was there on Sunday for the opening and thought it was amazing.

Unfortunatley he broke his foot!! after only half an hour. Nobody's fault but his own I might add, it just happened.

Good luck Prevail Skatehouse for the future.
Well done you three, much needed for the area. Shame it's taken so long to arrive especially for my son who is now 23 years old and been an avid skateboarder for 11 years. He's been to most parks around the country, Cornwall, London, Weymouth and despite his age and being a little out of practice was there on Sunday for the opening and thought it was amazing. Unfortunatley he broke his foot!! after only half an hour. Nobody's fault but his own I might add, it just happened. Good luck Prevail Skatehouse for the future. vickability
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10:41am Wed 26 Dec 12

winton50 says...

Well done tony and your team. It's great to see good news reported for once and this is a real inspiration for people wanting to start their own businesses.
Well done tony and your team. It's great to see good news reported for once and this is a real inspiration for people wanting to start their own businesses. winton50
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10:52am Wed 26 Dec 12

Old Colonial says...

Well done Tony; I'm sure everyone wishes you all success for the future. Your effort and tenacity puts the local councils to shame.
Well done Tony; I'm sure everyone wishes you all success for the future. Your effort and tenacity puts the local councils to shame. Old Colonial
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12:46pm Wed 26 Dec 12

pete woodley says...

Great idea deserves success
Great idea deserves success pete woodley
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1:59pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Holdenhurst says...

Fantastic work. I'm really glad to see that this project has come to fruition. I wish that there had been somewhere undercover like this back in the eighties when I used to skateboard.
Fantastic work. I'm really glad to see that this project has come to fruition. I wish that there had been somewhere undercover like this back in the eighties when I used to skateboard. Holdenhurst
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7:54pm Wed 26 Dec 12

mummy123abc says...

wow that's brilliant, I wish there were more places like this in Bournemouth and Poole for our kids. They had a good opportunity with the Imax site but no it's gone to bars and boutiques :(

This guy is awesome :)
wow that's brilliant, I wish there were more places like this in Bournemouth and Poole for our kids. They had a good opportunity with the Imax site but no it's gone to bars and boutiques :( This guy is awesome :) mummy123abc
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2:13am Thu 27 Dec 12

Meerkat22 says...

wilkiemini wrote:
What an inspirational man Tony Hill is, against all odds the park is now open.

I for one will be making every effort to encourage my teenager to go and visit....if I see you Tony I will shake your hand!

Shame on Poole council for not supporting this project :-(

All credit to Tony and his gang x
Very true, poole council are useless, and fair play too you guys doing it anyway.

Top man tony, if only there was more people like you out there
[quote][p][bold]wilkiemini[/bold] wrote: What an inspirational man Tony Hill is, against all odds the park is now open. I for one will be making every effort to encourage my teenager to go and visit....if I see you Tony I will shake your hand! Shame on Poole council for not supporting this project :-( All credit to Tony and his gang x[/p][/quote]Very true, poole council are useless, and fair play too you guys doing it anyway. Top man tony, if only there was more people like you out there Meerkat22
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9:35am Thu 27 Dec 12

norlish says...

Absolutely fantastic news!!
So nice to hear something positive being done for todays kids.
Well done Tony and Steve
from and old sk8rat !!!
Absolutely fantastic news!! So nice to hear something positive being done for todays kids. Well done Tony and Steve from and old sk8rat !!! norlish
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11:20am Thu 27 Dec 12

bourne free says...

mummy123abc wrote:
wow that's brilliant, I wish there were more places like this in Bournemouth and Poole for our kids. They had a good opportunity with the Imax site but no it's gone to bars and boutiques :(

This guy is awesome :)
Couldn,t agree more , the imax would have be a fantastic place to go for the young .
Well done to all involved .
Any idea of open times ?
[quote][p][bold]mummy123abc[/bold] wrote: wow that's brilliant, I wish there were more places like this in Bournemouth and Poole for our kids. They had a good opportunity with the Imax site but no it's gone to bars and boutiques :( This guy is awesome :)[/p][/quote]Couldn,t agree more , the imax would have be a fantastic place to go for the young . Well done to all involved . Any idea of open times ? bourne free
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12:20pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Roband65 says...

He will need all the luck he can get to keep this business going in the present economic climate
He will need all the luck he can get to keep this business going in the present economic climate Roband65
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2:17pm Thu 27 Dec 12

wilkiemini says...

Sorry my mistake its Bournemouth council not Poole council although it could be said both are pretty useless!
Sorry my mistake its Bournemouth council not Poole council although it could be said both are pretty useless! wilkiemini
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3:36pm Thu 27 Dec 12

HRH of Boscombe says...

Old Harry wrote:
Congratulations to the three of you. the Health & Safety hurdles you had to go through must have been horrendous.
Totally agree. I bet no only the Council didn't help but probably proved a great hindrance aswell.
[quote][p][bold]Old Harry[/bold] wrote: Congratulations to the three of you. the Health & Safety hurdles you had to go through must have been horrendous.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. I bet no only the Council didn't help but probably proved a great hindrance aswell. HRH of Boscombe
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10:55pm Thu 27 Dec 12

stormcreator says...

Absolutely amazing effort to get this open, To say the council put in hurdles is putting it kindly.
They had previously been granted planning permission on a unit more or less next door to this one but unfortunately for one reason and another there was a problem with the lease,So tony and team located to the unit they now are now in,they went ahead got most the way through the build when the council informed that to open they would need to pay for new pedestrian crossings costing tens of thousands of pounds in order to be allowed to open.
Read into that what you will but strikes me as close to blackmail as you can get. I'm not for a moment judging whether a crossing was needed but it was what appeared to be the underhand way the council worked.
Good luck guys you deserve to be a success and well done for not throwing in the towel.
Absolutely amazing effort to get this open, To say the council put in hurdles is putting it kindly. They had previously been granted planning permission on a unit more or less next door to this one but unfortunately for one reason and another there was a problem with the lease,So tony and team located to the unit they now are now in,they went ahead got most the way through the build when the council informed that to open they would need to pay for new pedestrian crossings costing tens of thousands of pounds in order to be allowed to open. Read into that what you will but strikes me as close to blackmail as you can get. I'm not for a moment judging whether a crossing was needed but it was what appeared to be the underhand way the council worked. Good luck guys you deserve to be a success and well done for not throwing in the towel. stormcreator
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11:49pm Fri 28 Dec 12

portia6 says...

Brilliant a great asset for the town's
youngsters.
Brilliant a great asset for the town's youngsters. portia6
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3:17am Sat 29 Dec 12

Linguist says...

stormcreator wrote:
Absolutely amazing effort to get this open, To say the council put in hurdles is putting it kindly.
They had previously been granted planning permission on a unit more or less next door to this one but unfortunately for one reason and another there was a problem with the lease,So tony and team located to the unit they now are now in,they went ahead got most the way through the build when the council informed that to open they would need to pay for new pedestrian crossings costing tens of thousands of pounds in order to be allowed to open.
Read into that what you will but strikes me as close to blackmail as you can get. I'm not for a moment judging whether a crossing was needed but it was what appeared to be the underhand way the council worked.
Good luck guys you deserve to be a success and well done for not throwing in the towel.
If what you say is correct, then i find that the behaviour of the council is abhorrent. I've never been a skateboarder but frequently see all the youngsters enjoying themselves on the Slades Farm park.
They deserve all the success that they will (i am sure) achieve, and also lots of thanks from the local authorities for providing something for the youngsters to go.
It's a pity that the local council are inept at understanding what is needed for todays youth.
[quote][p][bold]stormcreator[/bold] wrote: Absolutely amazing effort to get this open, To say the council put in hurdles is putting it kindly. They had previously been granted planning permission on a unit more or less next door to this one but unfortunately for one reason and another there was a problem with the lease,So tony and team located to the unit they now are now in,they went ahead got most the way through the build when the council informed that to open they would need to pay for new pedestrian crossings costing tens of thousands of pounds in order to be allowed to open. Read into that what you will but strikes me as close to blackmail as you can get. I'm not for a moment judging whether a crossing was needed but it was what appeared to be the underhand way the council worked. Good luck guys you deserve to be a success and well done for not throwing in the towel.[/p][/quote]If what you say is correct, then i find that the behaviour of the council is abhorrent. I've never been a skateboarder but frequently see all the youngsters enjoying themselves on the Slades Farm park. They deserve all the success that they will (i am sure) achieve, and also lots of thanks from the local authorities for providing something for the youngsters to go. It's a pity that the local council are inept at understanding what is needed for todays youth. Linguist
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9:34pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Roband65 says...

The crossing is for your kids safety across a busy road !
The crossing is for your kids safety across a busy road ! Roband65
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