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New concrete jungle for Coast’s next pro skaters

A 2m half pipe and a skate frame for people with disabilities are just some of the “fully sick” features of Alley-Oops Indoor Skatepark, to open soon.

Coast resident David King got the idea last year after a hot day at a local park with his two sons.

“Talking with my wife we thought we’d bring an airconditioned indoor park to the area,” he said.

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Even though Mr King’s personal passion has turned more to surfing these days, his two boys have taken the scoot and skate scene by storm.“Our largest ramp is the six-foot high by four-foot wide half pipe, we’ve got a foam pit for scooter riders and a very unique curved quarter street section,” Mr King said.

The complex will also feature an area for micro blocks.

Mr King said the features were custom-built by Coast ramp builder, Ashley-Wild Ramps.

Skaters will have their pick of two-hour sessions from 9am to 9pm.

People with disabilities will also get a chance to enjoy the sport thanks to a special skate frame.

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“Kids with cerebral palsy are able to go from a wheelchair to a skate rig, we’re totally all inclusive,” Mr King said.

The Alley-Oops coffee shop will supply Tim Adams Specialty Coffee and their skate shop will have everything a keen skater or scooter needs.

“Bearings, wheels, clothing, you name it,” Mr King said.

“We’ve also got party rooms to cater for birthday parties.”

Alley-Oops Indoor Skate Park is almost ready to open at Birtinya. Picture: Supplied

Alley-Oops Indoor Skate Park is almost ready to open at Birtinya. Picture: Supplied

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Mr King said they hoped to open at Capital Place in Birtinya on October 11.

Keep an eye on the Alley-Oops Facebook page for more information.

A previous indoor skating facility at Capital Place, Boardstore Indoor Skatepark, closed in 2015.

The co-founder Boris Schaber was in talks with Education Queensland about building a similar facility at Buddina State School.

But Mr Schaber and co-owner Robert Bataev have since sold the iconic Boardstore name to another Sunshine Coast local David Lawrence.

Skateboarding was to be a featured sport for the first time at the 2020 Olympics.

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