Skatepark set to return in 2025
By Sarah Wood | 6th January 2023
Stroud-based Rush skatepark, which was forced to close in 2021, is set to make a big return in 2025.
Rush was based at Brimscombe Port. It was closed to make way for redevelopment plans, which include new homes and businesses, as reported by the BBC.
The facility, for skateboarding, scooters and BMX, wasn't just popular with locals, it was one of the best facilities nationally. BMX riders Charlotte Worthington, who won gold at the Tokyo Olympics, and Declan Brooks, who won bronze, trained at the site.
Now Rush Sports Community Trust (SCT) has legally exchanged an option for land - subject to planning permission and funding - to bring the skatepark back.
The plan is to build a 12,000 square metre building, with ramps for everyone from beginners to elite riders.
It will be suitable for both training and competitions and promises: "The same Rush riding experience, just bigger and better."
Plans also include a shopping arcade, workshop, storage, broadcast facilities, spectators stands, café, soft play and a parents' area.
Jay Sweet, pro scooter rider, said: "Rush made me the person I am today. Without it, I wouldn't be a professional scooter rider. Rush was not just a skatepark, it was a family.
"Rush was a mental escape for a lot of kids. Everyone who has ever stepped a foot inside the skatepark will tell you that they miss it."
The new site will be in Putloe near the A38, between Junction 12 and 13 of the M5.
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