Zenga Bros DIY Ramp History docu

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If you follow us daily you would remember the Zenga Bros Skate Heads feature with the skateable train mini ramp from last year. These guys have been building stuff to skate since they could pick up a hammer and nails in Canada and not just ramps, they love making all sorts of nuts stuff that moves, from boats and bikes to homes.

Today, the history of their fascination with making stuff for people to enjoy has been unleashed and it’s a dope 9 minute journey. Get stuck in, get inspired and start building!

World’s first multi-story skatepark for Folkestone?

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Anything goes these days so seeing a multi-storey skatepark idea wasn’t that much of a surprise, but when you look into the design and construction idea that Guy Hollaway Architects have proposed Folkestone’s skate scene, you can imagine they are salivating at the prospect of it becoming a reality.

Each floor has its own function, including ‘an international standard bowl floor, a flow park and a street floor’. This can also be skated from floor to floor, so it’s easy to imagine the possibilities of what the outcome will be knowing that most of us enjoy skating a public car park for that very reason, specially when it’s raining.

It could well be signed off following a public consultation this weekend and plans being submitted within 8 weeks. Fingers crossed it goes ahead and they find someone special to make it incredible, such as Canvas Spaces, whose plans for the incredible new Bath skatepark will be announced on here very soon.

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Spot Check: Beast Rampz Skatepark, Manchester

Manchester’s skate scene are looking forward to a new indoor skatepark opening this Sunday 5th May. The layout of the new 27,500 sq ft indoor Beast Rampz Skatepark has been designed by the good folk at Four One Four Skateparks and is located inside a warehouse just outside of town in the Eastern quarter, two minutes from Ashbury train station.

The project has been built by a team headed up by long time skater Dave Arnold, whose ongoing commitment to building pools, bowls and parks in the North should be commended. We spoke to him this week to get the lowdown on the new build:

“The guys behind this project have a background in building rollercoasters and worked on the infamous ‘Son of Beast‘ in the USA, that’s where the name comes from. The project has been simmering for the last two years but it all came together this January. The preliminary design was drawn up by Sean Scarfe (Four One Four) and then myself and Tim Stamp from Uniform Skatepark Construction were drafted in to carry out the ramp construction and tweak the design alongside ‘The Beasters’ themselves.”

The Manchester scene seems to be spoiled with options right now. The completion of the new Projekts Plaza from Freestyle has handed locals another fantastic dry spot to skate in the winter months in addition to Black Sheep’s indoor Central Skatepark. Drive out of town though and you are surrounded by other options too. This area of the country is awash with fantastic parks right now including Liverpool’s Rampworx down the M62 who are also looking to develop further to push their park to a whopping 70,000 sq ft.

“Beast skatepark is certainly living up to its name!” says Arnold. “Although there are bigger parks (sq footage) in the UK this place looks huge! the actual structures look like they are on steroids, the sort of place The Thing and The Incredible Hulk would skate.”

Beast Rampz has been designed to cater for everyone. The impressive 60ft wide hipped Midi-Ramp stands at 6.5ft high and rises to 10 ft at one end. There’s also a 24ft wide Mini Ramp and a 20ft wide Micro Mini Ramp alonside a beginners area for the nippers. Add a 16ft high x 24ft wide Vert Wall into the equation, a Taco Wall-Ride plus a huge BMX Rhythm Section (also very skateable) and a lavish split-level street course with bowled corners, hubbas, driveways, steps, gaps, pyramid, ledges, rails and more, you start to get the picture that this place will bring something special on the opening day.

The Beast would not be as beastly without the addition of a vert ramp though. The North have always enjoyed being part of a very strong vert scene so its inclusion in the design seemed like a no-brainer. Heathen Skateboards rider Riess Johnson made a plea for local vert skaters to help in funding this and with great support it became a reality. Nobody is more stoked on this than Arnold himself though due to the legendary history that is involved in the erection of this ramp:

“It’s 36ft in length and 12ft high, made possible via online donations. This ramp has been built by the skaters for the skaters, the way it should be. The funny thing is, that this ramp is a stones throw from the site of the original Ardwick Vert Ramp also built by myself and Tim Stamp back in 1985. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy that we have built yet another skate structure for a ‘minority’ group 28 years later.”

Ph: Tony Alva skates Ardwick back in 1985. Dave’s sister and Mike Pardon in the background.

You can find Beast Rampz at www.beastrampz.com and on Facebook. Address is Montague House, Matthews Street, Ardwick, Manchester, M12 5BB.

New Cirencester Skatepark incoming

Skaters around the edges of the Cotswolds area of Great Britain will be delivered a brand new 890 sq metre plaza this summer. Kingshill Sports Ground in Cirencester has been awarded the facility after securing a grant from the Sport England Inspired Fund. We spoke to park designer Marc Churchill from 1Skateparks last night to give us an insight into how this all came together:

“We’re really stoked to be starting work on the Cirencester project. It’s been a long time coming, we’ve been working with the Cirencester Council and Decimal Skate shop really closely tweaking back and forth the design until it was exactly what everyone wanted.

There were in total 3 consultations and 5 revisions with Gaz and the crew at Decimal, but those guys knew what they wanted – a rad Plaza! Work begins really soon so it should be ready for shredding by the summer.”

For updates and info check out the Decimal and 1skateparks Facebook pages.

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Maverick unleash new Winchester Skatepark design

It looks like the area of Hampshire is to receive more treats from the concrete designers of Maverick this year following the unleashing of this new design for a new park in Winchester overnight. Exact details will follow but for now this looks like it will be a really good addition and we are loving the brick wall and the rock on the top of the hip.

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Photo’s of the new build at R-Cade skatepark in Redcar

The legendary R-Cade Skatepark in Redcar is undergoing a complete re-build courtesy of Four One Four Skateparks right now. As you can see from these pics that have emerged this week, the bowl is about to get it’s first skin of ply and the rest of the park is coming along nicely.

R-Cade can be found at Majuba Road, Redcar, Cleveland TS10 5BJ, United Kingdom. Call 01642 483 520 for details of the opening date.

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Baysixty6 re-opens with a bang

What a weekend for skateboarding in the capital. After a 2 month wait, the new Baysixty6 skate park re-opened with a full house to skate what NikeSB had delivered in the re-build. Various team riders opened the park with the first NBD’s on what will be a long list in years to come.

Over 1000 turned out for the celebration that saw Theotis Beasley, Tom Harrison, Sean Malto, Fernando Bramsmark, Tim Zom, Korahn Gayle, Neil Smith, Chris Jones, Justin Brock, Wieger Van Wageningen, Kyron Davis and more rip the place apart for 90 minutes of madness.

We will drop a video edit from the session very soon but the est news is that the park is now open again. Session times are below. Each session is £7. Beginners weekend session is £4. After school club £2.

Opening times:

Mon: 12.00pm-4.00pm – 4.00pm-9.00pm
Tue 12.00pm-4.00pm – 4.00pm-6.00pm – 5.00pm-10.00pm (BMX only)
Wed 12.00pm-4.00pm – 4.00pm-10.00pm
Thu 12.00pm-4.00pm – 4.00pm-9.00pm
Fri 12.00pm-4.00pm – 4.00pm-9.00pm
Sat 10.00am-12.00pm (beginners only) – 12.00pm-4.00pm – 5.00pm-9.00pm
Sun 10.00am-12.00pm (beginners only) – 12.00pm-4.00pm – 5.00pm-9.00pm (BMX welcome)

Newest recruit Kyron Davies smashed it on Saturday. 50-50 on the big rail. Ph:Zac

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Watch Sidewalk‘s coverage here:

New Skatepark in Croydon to open in April

The local skate scene of Croydon are welcoming a new skate park build thanks to the recent hard graft from Freestyle Skateparks. The park that is based just off the Purley Way in Wandle Park has approx’ 550m2 of concrete to skate and looks like it could flow well from these photos that were taken on site yesterday by the team.

The skatepark was designed with the local skaters and BMXers of Croydon as part of a redevelopment of Wandle Park that is scheduled to open to the public by the Mayor of London sometime in April. Watch this space and get hyped on the fact that the Croydon scene has some new ‘crete this Spring.

Feel free to comment on the park/design/location etc below.

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Footage from the new Deeside Skatepark in North Wales

Photo by Cleggie

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North Wales has what looks like one of the best new skateparks in the country up and running this month, built by Carve. The Deeside park found inside Deeside Leisure Centre is 1452 sq m of fun and lines a plenty, not to mention a fantastic looking bowl and mini ramp. Here’s some footage of Alx Green, James Starkey, Danny Cartwright, Cleggy, James Sanders and an edit of Liverpool’s Andrew ‘Evz’ Evans skating the brand new wood on offer.

Address: Deeside Leisure Centre, Chester Road West, Queensferry, Deeside, Flintshire, CH5 1SA