Comment on Skegness XSite Skate Park Review by Mum of Two.
FANTASTIC ATTRACTION FOR SKEGNESS – I do not understand the Skegness community who are complaining about this fantastic attraction. Your main income is provided by all who come during the peak-season months. We have been visiting Skegness during the holidays for some years, but since we found Xsite our visits are more enjoyable. Our boys aged 11 (a bmx-er) and our youngest, just 6, learning to skateboard, have found Xcite a great place to learn from others who use the facility. They use both the indoor ramp room & outdoor Plaza, whilst we enjoy watching our sons progress in their chosen activities, and yes we use the cafe (which I might add compared to other attractions in Skegness is clean, extremely reasonable & good quality). I take a book with me & read in between enjoying watching the kids have fun.
A comparison on value for money is – a day without a visit to Xsite cost us £110 and all we got for that was a plastic soldier on a key-ring (including £4 for our boys to have 10mins on a trampoline!!) – a day at Xsite cost us £50. Yes you may say we have money, but you would be wrong, we are two self-employed people who in the present climate cannot afford a holiday abroad and accept the loan of a caravan. You are very lucky to have such a facility, and yes it may cost what you think is alot of money, but most, if not all, indoor skateparks, in the UK, can only survive if they are charity funded as there are not many people out there with the spare 100,000s which are needed to start up such a venture (how much would the ramp room alone cost?)
At our last visit our youngest child was taught by three 19 year olds to drop-in on his skateboard and they did nothing but give him encouragement :) It was a lovely sight to see them tap their boards on the ramps when he finally did it!
Maybe somebody could tell me how much it costs to go in a horse-drawn carriage from the clock tower to the carpark & likewise how much it costs for the kids to take a donkey ride?
Yes it is a shame that locals have to pay to use such a facility, and I am not aware whether Xsite are exempt from paying business rates/rent/utilities/maintenance/salaries, I expect not & they probably do not get regular annual funding either. I am aware that Adrenaline Alley in Corby actually receive funding purely to pay some of their staff, you cannot expect people to work for nothing – would you?
We admire those both young & old for the time and dedication they show to their chosen sport.
All this said and done everybody is entitled to view.