Industry Skatepark Nears Completion

On the 3rd of May getabmx reported the construction of an indoor skatepark in Sheffield, and as promised, here is your update. The main room of The Industry is now close to completion, and the park is getting ready to open its doors to the public. Getabmx has been given exclusive access to reveal a number of details listed below.

The Industry skatepark, located in Sheffield, S3, five minutes from the city centre, will be opening its doors to the public on Saturday the 7th of July, 2012. The grand opening will be celebrated with competition giveaways and prizes provided by 4Down Distribution, and ECTV will broadcast an online live stream throughout the day for those unable to attend.

Since the initial report, there have been a number of changes to both the layout and the format of The Industry. The park will no longer host music nights as originally planned due to concerns from the Environment Agency. The licensed bar will however remain alongside the cafe and shop. The shop will stock BMX, skateboard and possibly scooter and 24” and 26” wheel components and attire, and will support local businesses by supplying their products.

The focus of the main room has changed from jump boxes and other traditional skatepark features to a more street orientated set-up. As skatepark manager Steve Bates commented:

“The skatepark has been deliberately designed not to be easy to ride, but rather to challenge users and encourage them to ride in a different way. Once you use your imagination and move out of your comfort zone lines will emerge.”

In this respect The Industry will be better suited to riders of higher abilities.

While the skatepark has been aimed at street BMX riders in mind, skateboarders, scooter and ’MTB’ riders and bladers will also be welcome. The park will be open from 11am until 11pm from Monday to Saturday, and 11am until 8pm on Sunday. After 10pm the park will only be open to users over the age of 18, and the bar will serve alcohol from 8pm for a post ride refreshment and to spectators.

Sessions: The park will be open to all users during the day, and will host specific bike, scooter and skate nights. While this hasen’t yet been confirmed, scooter night is likely to take place on a Wednesday evening, skate night on Tuesday and bike night on Thursdays alongside another evening. The skatepark will also be available for private hire.

Cost: One year membership is £10, but membership can be bought half price at £5 on the opening day only. For non-members, a full day at The Industry will cost £12, and half a day will be £7. For members, a full day will cost £10, and half a day will be £5.

While the entire skatepark is unlikely to be complete by the opening date, the main room will be ready. Expect a feature article of The Industry in an upcoming issue of Ride BMX Magazine.

See below for photos. The additions will be: coping installed to any remaining quarter pipes, installation of the remainder of the wooden floor, panels to the back wall at the raised end to cover any remaining visible cables, installation of a grind rail which will run down the stairs from the bank, and for Joshua Kent to finish his art work on the wallrides.

Membership forms will be available from Friday afternoon, the 29th of June, here:

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