Belfast Telegraph

Urban sports display ramps up excitement for new park

by Natalie Irvine

A local urban sports charity has marked the imminent construction of Northern Ireland’s first ever purpose built Urban Sport’s Park, ‘Bridges’, by ‘wowing’ local crowds with world class skateboard and BMX stunt performances — giving the audience a taste of things to come.

Belfast Urban Sports (BUS) laid on the spectacular urban sports display last Saturday (September 18) at a massive derelict warehouse in the Titanic Quarter, to celebrate reaching the milestone “after five years of hard work”.

Belfast Urban Sports director Liam Lynch said: “We have been working hard alongside Belfast City Council to bring Northern Ireland’s first ever purpose built Urban Sports Park to Belfast and we are stoked that construction is about to start.

“Milestone Session gives us the chance to celebrate this — and give the public a taster of what’s in store at Bridges.”

The event, co-hosted by Belfast City Council, also had hip-hop and break dancing displays, live graffiti, skate workshops for children, three on three street basketball and live performances from top local bands such as A Plastic Rose, Noise Control, Delirium Tremens and Dutch Schultz— many of whom are featuring in Belfast Music Week. There were also an array of prizes to be won from Easyjet flights to BMX bikes.

Councillor Conor Maskey, chairman of Belfast City Council’s development committee said: “Belfast's music scene has much in common with urban sports: both are about pushing back the boundaries, exploring new experiences and taking things to the next level. It is great that both these disciplines are coming together during Belfast Music Week to demonstrate their respective talents in an exciting, fresh and innovative manner and location.”

The new park ‘Bridges Urban Sports Park’ will be located under the M3 flyover in Belfast and is due for completion in early 2011.

For further information on urban sports in Northern Ireland you can visit www.ramprage.tv

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