With the holidays upon us, many parents are searching for things to keep their kids busy, happy and out of trouble – I’m one such parent.
Mamba Skate Park is definitely on my holiday “places to visit” list.
Situated in Eden Village in Salt Rock, the track is a downhill one that meanders through lush coastal trees and bush. If anything, it is a truly beautiful setting for kids to unwind and have fun as they skate.
The skate park is relatively new – it opened in March this year. But it is already a huge hit among kids as well as adults. The track is said to be different from conventional skate parks because it offers a crossover of skating disciplines.
I myself am not clued up about the technicalities of the track or the sport – I just love the setting and idea. Imagine about 450m of “winding, pumping and rolling track” through a shaded jungle – that’s the feeling you get as you make your way along the course.
Mamba Skate Park is the brainchild of business partners Haden Keeton and Pete Moss. With the assistance of former SA champ Eben Combrinck and Troy O’Sullivan, a Durban skater, the design and layout of a track was conceptualised.
The aim was to create a fast, smooth ride on a track that would challenge an advanced downhill skater, but also where kids and even us “oldies” can learn the basics with relative ease.
Most appealing to me as a mum, is the fact that it’s positioning makes it a safe space for children to enjoy an outdoor sport. A mum I spoke to says she often leaves her son and his friends at the park for an hour or two while she runs errands. Staff are “happy to watch out for the kids”, she says.
The Mamba Skate Park also emphasises safety – whew! The rule is simple – “no helmet, no ride”. Protective gear is checked before anyone is allowed to skate.
There is also a shop at the park where you can buy all your skating essentials.
The track is open Monday to Friday from 1pm to 5pm, Saturdays 9am to 6pm and Sundays 9am to 5pm. The park offers various permit options that can be bought for a half or full day or on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. You can mail them or visit the website to find out the cost of permits and more about the park.[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]