The Front first opened in July 2001, the result of a three-year campaign organised by local parents and young people. The group presented a 5,000+ signature petition to Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, asking for help to provide much-needed extreme sports facilities.

The Council donated the disused filling station site on the seafront at Lodmoor, providing the group could raise the funds to develop it as a community skatepark. They did and so The Front was born!