“Sport in Portimão continues to be recognised on a national level” – Mayor Isilda Gomes
A new 800sqm skate park opened in Portimão on Saturday, giving local skaters somewhere to practice and have fun after many years without a proper space.
The park is located near Casa das Artes, can be used by skaters and BMX riders and is open every day from 9am to 8pm.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Portimão mayor Isilda Gomes described the opening as a “very important moment”.
“We are inaugurating another space for families, following the European City of Sport 2019 project, which left strong roots among us,” said Gomes.
“Sport in Portimão continues to be recognised on a national level, which fills us with pride and motivates us to do more and better. The cherry on the cake will be the new space for action sports expected to open at Parque da Juventude,” the mayor added, referring to the major renovations which have been promised for the town’s largest park.
The regional director of the Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth was also in attendance and praised the local council for its vision and for following the motto ‘Mais desporto para todos’ (More sports for everyone).
Custódio Moreno stressed that skating has recently achieved Olympic status and added that training sessions are planned to help young skaters develop their skills.
The skate park was designed by architect Paulo Ribeiro, the national coordinator of the technical committee of the Portuguese Skating Federation, and is jointly managed by Portimão council, Clube Bicross de Portimão, Portimão Surf Clube and SK8500 Skate Clube de Portimão.