Ramps, the popular Llanelli indoor skatepark has announced that they are to close their Llanelli location at Sandy Road and move to a new site at Swansea Industrial Estate in Fforestfach.
The current site hosted a café and skate shop as well as a 12,000sqft indoor skate park and outdoor facilities.
In a statement on their facebook page, the skatepark said: “This has been a very difficult time for the Leisure & Hospitality industry and we know from keeping in touch with the skate park network across the UK that skate parks in particular have found the last 12 months very challenging.
“After a lot of soul searching we have had to make the difficult decision to Move from our current location at the end of the existing lease. The good news is that we have secured an alternative premises in Swansea industrial estate.
“Dependant on the lifting of lockdown restrictions we hope that the new skatepark will open in May 2021. Our shop however will open in the new premises in the next couple of weeks and we will be able to operate a click & collect service for all your scooter and skateboard needs!
“We are aware that many of you may have Gift Vouchers and we are happy to confirm that these are still valid and can be used in the shop and skatepark as soon as we reopen.
“Please be aware that this was a very difficult decision for us and one that was not taken lightly. We would like to say thank you again and hope that we see you all soon.”
There was a mixed reaction to the news on their facebook page, with many sorry to see the loss of further facilities for young people in Llanelli.
Claire Keenan said: “Sad news for Llanelli my son will be gutted only place for them to go and hang out with friends Llanelli will have nothing left at this rate. Feel for youngsters in this town.”
Phoned You said: “So sad to see you guys leave our town, happy as that you guys are still open. Thank you for bringing the stoke to Llanelli town and being the first rad skatepark we’ve ever had!”
Amanda Roberts said: “Good news for those in Swansea, devastating news for the kids here in Llanelli. We had built up a lovely community. Feel so sorry for all the kids”
(All images: Ramps Skatepark / Facebook)