Opening of a new skatepark on Hidrobaza beach in Pula
February 17, 2022 – Construction work is nearing completion on Hidrobaza beach in Pula, which is getting several new facilities including a skate park, a climbing wall and bike paths
Hidrobaza Beach in Štinjan, Pula, has been renovated in stages since 2016, when three breakwaters were built to protect the beach from strong waves and ensure the retention of loose gravel.
The place has a lot to offer, including a dog-friendly beach, a disabled-accessible area, shower cabins, and other related facilities. There is also a boardwalk, children’s play area, basketball court and several hospitality facilities in the area.
As reported by Glass Istrethis year’s investments amounting to HRK 2.1 million are funded by the city of Pula without any additional funding from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.
The skate park is almost ready to open, with the final works being completed two days ago. As the freshly poured concrete has not yet dried, the park is still fenced and guarded by security guards.
The construction was carried out by the company Cesta, assisted by the company Tonbe from Zagreb, the latter specializing in the construction of concrete skate parks and special elements for extreme sports events and events.
Members of the August Šenoa Skateboard Club stepped in as volunteers. The largest skate club in the county is also known for creating the Vladimir Film Festival, an international event centered on skateboarding culture that put the town of Fažana on the international skateboarding map.
‘It’s a phenomenal skate park. This is pure California. The sea is 20 meters away, you can almost jump off your skateboard,” said Nikola Racan, an experienced skateboarder and one of the founders of the Vladimir Film Festival.
‘It’s perfect. It spans over 500 square meters, it’s neither too big nor too difficult and it has plenty of area. This made Hidrobaza the best place in Croatia. It’s going to be really popular, and it’ll be interesting to see who has the most fun, the kids or the adults,” Racan added.
For years Racan has also been involved in another project, a long-promised and much-desired skate park in Fažana near Pula. The plans and designs are there, but the municipality hasn’t shown any understanding, although the skate scene in Fažana is one of the biggest in Croatia. It is believed that a new skate park would help extend the tourist season in Fažana, as the town could host events that would attract skateboarders from all over the world.