Make sure you join the Rush to check out new skate park
A UNIQUE indoor skate park is about to open its doors to hundreds of boarders and bikers in Stroud.
The professionally designed park on Brimscombe Port is the brainchild of parents Jerry and Michelle Norman.
The couple, from Thrupp, spotted an opportunity as they found themselves driving their son Josh long distances to pursue his skateboarding sport.
"It came about after visiting many indoor parks across the country with our youngest son," Mrs Norman said.
"The facilities in these parks were very poor, cold and some quite expensive, and were also many hours away," she added.
So now the 40,000 square feet Rush is about to officially open to the public in early December, although Mr and Mrs Norman plan some ticket-only events beforehand when there will be professionals present.
"Our park is unique to the UK because it is completely open plan, no small rooms and no supporting pillars," said Mrs Norman.
"Whatever you ride, whether it is BMX, skateboards, scooters or online skates, you will be able to use the whole park."
A street section, park section, bowl, foam pit, resi ramp and jump track will all be included. Ramps are of birch, of a high standard and design, and Rush will have the capacity for 250-300 riders on any one session.
Rush will be the first indoor ramp in Gloucestershire with the next nearest in Bristol and Birmingham. The all-year-round facility gained the permission of the Stroud District Council local planning authority back in the spring.
Now it's nearly ready, with ramps 80 per cent built, and refurbishments under way to create the reception area, parents' room, office space and shop.
It's also hoped a cafe will follow in the New Year.