Skate, surf park part of a vision

The opening of the Black Pearl Skate and Surf Park recently is the realization of yet another element of the vision that is Cayman Grand Harbour, brainchild of owner and developer, Michael Bell, and residents can expect much excitement and entertainment from this new attraction in the Cayman Islands.

‘I wanted to offer a positive alternative for entertainment to kids and their parents, and the Black Pearl Skate and Surf is just that,’ explained Bell in a press release. ‘Not only is the Park fun but kids have the opportunity to gain or develop skating and surfing skills and learn the value of discipline, hard work and sportsmanship.’

The Black Pearl Skate Park is said to be the largest concrete skate park in the world, and was designed by renowned park designer Michael McIntyre of Site Design Group. It encompasses over 52,000 square feet of concrete and features expert, intermediate and beginner courses. The Surf Park features the Waveloch surf machine, which is a self-contained standing wave generated by a continuous 32,000 gallons per minute flow of water and can go up to 150,000 gallons per minute, one of only three Skate Parks in the world with this apparatus. Black Pearl’s Wave is the only one of its kind in the world featuring 11-foot waves and is one foot higher than the Waveloch in South Africa.

‘I am so excited about this project,’ says Bell. ‘I have been researching and visiting similar parks for over six years now. Our design team is the best in the business and I am confident that this Park will become a premier attraction for visitors and residents alike.’

Research shows that more and more of today’s youth are participating in action sports such as skateboarding, surfing, motocross, rollerblading, snowboarding and wakeboarding because of the creativity, freedom and self-expression these activities provide. Not bound by rules, time or even a defined space, action sports emphasize performance and progression over winning or losing, making them accessible to just about anyone. There are over 1,200 public skateboard parks in the US, representing about 800% growth in the last 10 years, and in fact, there are more skateboarders in the US than baseball players. The Black Pearl Skate and Surf Park will appeal to this burgeoning segment of the sports industry.

Bell is eager to talk about what visitors to the Park can expect. ‘All three of our skate courses will feature both a flow and street course each, and we will eventually have lighting in place for night skating as well as a sophisticated sound system. Lessons for skateboarding, in-line skating and surfing are offered at all skill levels and we will provide an after-school programme featuring bus transportation from local area schools. There is also an advanced training programme in place to teach Caymanian skating/surfing enthusiasts who wish to work and/or teach in the park, and a major competition is planned for Cayman Grand Harbour’s Skate Park which we expect will in due course become a premier event internationally.’

The Black Pearl Skate and Surf Park is part of a 192-acre master planned residential resort community that, once completed, will be one of the largest developments of its kind in the Cayman Islands. Another feature for this residential community will be a seven-acre water park attraction in the design phase and upon completion will be a first for the Cayman Islands. The location of the complex offers direct canal access to the North Sound as well as a link to the Crewe Road bypass. With the Shoppes of Grand Harbour now complete, future development includes marinas, a professional village, a condominium development, a theatre complex and a range of single-family residential estate housing.

For more information on the Black Pearl Skate and Surf Park log on to www.blackpearl.ky or call 947 0755.

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