A brand-new skate park has been unveiled in Benson this week, opening with an impressive pro-skater display, and featuring a specially commissioned piece of graffiti artwork.

Our Chiltern team worked with CANVAS Spaces on the community skate park as part of our Merlin Gardens development in Benson village, to provide a focal point where families and friends can gather.

The opening included a display by pro-skaters Jason Cloete and Greg Thorpe, both from Oxford, who showed off the capabilities of the park with their impressive moves.

A special piece of artwork by illustrator and muralist REVES was also unveiled, depicting both skaters and the residential nature of the development. The London-based artist, originally from Brussels, started crafting visuals from a young age and at the age of 22, holds the title of painting the largest mural in Oxford, standing at four storeys tall.

Stala Thomson, Sales and Marketing Director at Cala Homes (Chiltern), said: “We want this skate park to be a place where everyone in the local community is welcome to socialise, and we are delighted to be able to open it to the public.

“The fantastic artwork by REVES is an illustration of this, cementing the skate park as a modern, community-focused centre piece of the new development.”

Russ Heideman, Sales Design and Media Coordinator from CANVAS, said: “The skate park itself looks to incorporate a bit of everything to suit all ages and abilities. The circuit-like nature of the design with three main sections means that the park can be used as separate areas when busy, or when quieter you can flow around the whole facility linking long lines together.

“It was great working alongside Cala Homes towards what we believe is a great skate park project and one that we would love to live nearby.”

The picturesque Merlin Gardens development offers a collection of two to five-bedroom homes, perfectly suited to a range of home buyers, from growing families to those looking to downsize. The development in the characterful village of Benson has easy access to Oxford, Reading and London Paddington.

Benson offers the best of both worlds, with an attractive rural village setting running alongside the River Thames, home to many local amenities and historic landmarks, with several education options for those with school-age children.

Visit our Merlin Gardens page for more information, you can also email merlingardens.hopefieldgrange@cala.co.uk or call 01491 525620.

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