Zoo Skatepark has reopened under new management – and these pictures show that it got off to a flying start.

They were taken at the launch party of Zoo, found under Sainsbury’s car park on Foss Bank. City of York Council has handed over control of the skatepark to a social enterprise company.

Zoo regulars, as well as children and young people that hadn’t been to there before, came down to enjoy the skatepark at the party on Saturday (July 14).

It was also a chance to show off the significant refurbishment of the park.

Only indoor skatepark

Photograph: Chris Kendall
Zoo Skatepark now offers regular sessions for scooters, skateboards and rollerblades (including beginners sessions), as well as scooter summer camps and Birthday party packages.

Operations director at the Zoo Vinnie Whitehead said everyone enjoyed themselves at the party, adding:

It was nice to see skatepark users from all three of our main skate sports – skateboards, scooters and rollerblades – enjoying the skatepark as well as everyone else who attended to be part of the occasion.

It was such a great atmosphere. Thanks to everyone who came to support the event, the musicians and photographers, and also thanks to The City Of York Council for everything they have done for us.

Commercial director Andy Simpson said: “The Zoo is York’s only indoor skatepark, and we are proud to be turning the site into a successful, community-focused social enterprise that will benefit young people from all over York. 

“After all the time, effort and money spent on the refurbishment of The Zoo, it is a pleasure to see the skatepark so busy and being enjoyed by the local community.”

Gallery

Photograph: Chris Kendall
Photograph: Chris Kendall
Photograph: Chris Kendall
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Photograph: Flaming Pint Photography
Photograph: Flaming Pint Photography
Photograph: Flaming Pint Photography
Photograph: Flaming Pint Photography
Photograph: Flaming Pint Photography
Photograph: Jennifer Stroud Johansson
Photograph: Jennifer Stroud Johansson
Photograph: Jennifer Stroud Johansson
Photograph: Jennifer Stroud Johansson
Photograph: Jennifer Stroud Johansson
Photograph: Jennifer Stroud Johansson
Photograph: Jennifer Stroud Johansson
Photograph: Chris Kendall
Photograph: Chris Kendall
Photograph: Chris Kendall

Photograph: Chris Kendall