Skaters expected to roll into brand-new park

The new skate park situated in the Mangaung Regional Park in Selosesha. PHOTO: STUART WALKER

Thaba Nchu skaters can expect to start showing off their tricks with the opening of a brand-new, state-of-the-art skate park. Situated in the Mangaung Regional Park in Selosesha, the park comprises 2150 square metres and caters for both street and transition skaters. The park was designed by Stuart Walker for TKDS architects, and built by Rida Constuction and Spyda Ramps.
Walker says the park features street style obstacles around a large central planter with banks, stairs, long and short rails, ledges, a manual pad and a wall ride. The park then flows into the transition area with a bowled out mini ramp, roll-ins, a cradle, a pump bump, a volcano and a large, round bowl. Red concrete has been used on certain elements to add colour and highlights.
The park is the first of a new generation of skate parks in the country, which is not a simple back and forth, square skate park with ’90s style features. “This park provides the type of things we might see in street league skate parks and also super park style skate parks on TV,” Walker says.
Mangaung Metro spokesperson, Qondile Khedama, says the municipality is yet to release an opening date for the park. – Seithati Semenokane