Maverick open new skatepark in Cromer

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Maverick Industries have opened a new skatepark in Cromer, Norfolk recently with a gnarly looking concrete wave. Aside from the unique features and styling, the park is also furnished with all the functional items you might expect in a small skatepark, these include a spined mini-ramp with roll-overs, extensions, hips, a clam-shell pocket, jump-box and a small flat bank with ledges and a rail.

“Cromer is a coastal town in north Norfolk, just up the road from Sheringham, whose skatepark features a nautical theme and a concrete fishing boat,” says Maverick’s Ian Jennings. “Not to be out-done, Cromer went for a themed approach again, with a skateable replica of the towns’ iconic lighthouse and a nod to the local beach and surf culture in the form of an over-vert wave. The park has coloured concrete and is lots of fun, lots of flow, and has something for everyone. Once again built to an exceptionally high standard by our fantastic build team.”

You can find the new skatepark behind the Meadow Golf Course, off Hall road, Cromer, NR27 9JF. Map here.

Head here for their proposals on the Concrete Wave park down in Cornwall and the newly opened Duck Lane skatepark in Bournemouth.

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CANVAS announce new skatepark plans for Liverpool

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The good folk at CANVAS are currently putting the finishing touches to the Campus Pool project in Bristol whilst also being up to their ears in concrete at the ongoing contruction on Bath’s new skatepark. They have found time though this week to send us an exclusive peep at their new project coming to Liverpool this autumn, so enjoy the first look at the final design plans.

Liverpool locals will be stoked on the news that this new build, funded by Liverpool City Council, is scheduled to be constructed in Newsham Park. The park itself was opened in 1868 and due to its status as grade 2 listed, this new spot will be made in buff coloured concrete due to its associated planning requirements. So yep, it’s going to be a very posh looking one.

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The skatepark will also feature the following treats:

4.5ft – 5.5ft bowl with roll over
Brick flat bank and a long mellow bank with a small ledge
3ft bowled corneR
Up block with manny pad
Long mellow ledge spanning 2 platform levels.
Long steep hipped bank with grindable lip grading to the floor (Barcelona Esq)
Wembley gap with large handrail and Hubba
Small low level Hubba and handrail
Small taco ¼ with grindable lip and bank transfer – Taco has been positioned to create snake run with adjacent long mellow 2ft ¼ with hip
Pier 7 style manny pad with banked edges
4.5ft bowled ¼ with hips
Flat bar, blocks and pole jam wedge

And…a 3m long US style granite parking lot kerb. The same kerb that CANVAS are installing in several parks over the summer – Victoria Park in Bath being the first.

This project has started already and if all goes to plan this new fun palace, found on Gardners Drive will be ready to skate at the end of September/early October. Get hyped and follow the updates at the CANVAS Facebook page.

If you are Liverpool based you may also get stoked on the plans for the city to host a new ‘glow in the dark’ skatepark, rumoured to be coming your way this summer. See the designs here.

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Duck Lane: New combi bowl opens in Bournemouth

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If you have ever taken a trip down to Bournemouth for a day out skating then you will know that their scene is full of characters who frequent Kings Park. We’ve had some great days down there over the years so the news that a new park was being opened not far from there by Maverick was music to our ears, whose design and build on this new combi-bowl looks solid.

Duck Lane has been built as part of a new Mansell Homes housing development in Kinson, put together by Bournemouth Council. It consists of a unique combi-bowl and uncompromising design as explained by Maverick’s Russ Holbert who has been working on the project:

“The design has a retro feel with endless, flowing lines. At the top end, the facility features a micro clover bowl with a superfun, triple 8 pumpline. The clover bowl opens out into a unconventional snake run with offset hips and links up with a large bowled mini ramp. The walls of the mini ramp and snake run have been designed to direct riders straight down into the pool which is 9ft deep and features two monster hips. We are so stoked on this project and just so happy to have been a part of it. Hats off to all involved!”

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One of the locals involved to make this happen was Richard ‘Geordie’ Inskip, whose input working alongside the council was key:

“Being stoked with my involvement of this park is an understatement. This is by far the most american style bowl I have skated in England. The design is amazing and the lines bring concrete surfing to a whole new level, saying that, so does the build quality. Maverick have just lifted the bar for UK skateparks. If this is what we can expect from new parks, UK skating is about to enter a whole new dimension.”

Duck Lane’s new combi-bowl opened this weekend, timed perfectly for the summer months ahead. Note that the site around the bowl is newly seeded, so if you visit, make sure you respect the site and clean up after yourselves.

We will leave you with a quote from Maverick‘s Ian Jennings who sums up this new feat perfectly: “It has tons of lines, it’s progressive and accessible – yet also really gnarly, fast and above all, LOADS of FUN!” Start planning your trip as this area has a variety of parks to skate.

You can find the park just off the Ringwood Rd (A348) on Holloway Avenue, Kinson, BH11 9JS. Directions and map here.

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Petition for new skatepark in Charlton

The only skate connection we know of in Charlton is that UK Santa Cruz 80s legend Shane O’Brien works at the football ground manicuring their pitch, but that aside, the local area needs a new skatepark and this is where your help is needed.

A new petition is doing the rounds for a new park to be built in in Charlton Park, SE7, so if you skate, please sign it as one day you may need support from others for your own. Head here to exchange 30 seconds of your life for the cause and spread the word.

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Glow in the dark skatepark coming to Liverpool?

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The legendary glow in the dark skatepark installation, conceptualised by leading South Korean artist Koo Jeong A, has been commissioned to be built in North Liverpool, following the success of her work on the popular Otro Park in France (pictured below).

Liverpool Biennial in partnership with Friends of Everton Park, Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Vision are behind the project who have invited Wheelscape to build a flourescent, glow-in-the-dark bowl for skateboarding with Koo Jeong A’s involvement.

“This will be the flagship project of a citywide scheme by Liverpool City Council to produce and build five wheels parks in Liverpool” say Liverpool Biennial, which can only mean good things for local skaters and those who wish to visit one of the best cities in the UK.

The installation should be open in Everton Park on October 5th, Halloween in Liverpool just got a new twist!

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Her previous work. Ph: Pilar Corrias

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Street Dome edit with Caples, Glifberg, Malto +

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The first edit from the incredible new Street Dome skatepark in Denmark has hatched featuring park designer Rune Glifberg, Sean Malto, Curren Caples, Arto Saari, the UKs Sam Beckett and Alex Sorgente.

Start planning your spring trips to Europe now to save on flight costs. All info here.

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 skatepark underway in Hayes

Many moons back, there used to be an indoor skatepark in a warehouse in Hayes. It had a small vert ramp, a street section and a memorable mini ramp with a really odd coping design that was fun to skate. Here in 2013, Hayes in Middlesex will welcome a brand new outdoor 750m sq park designed by Wheelscape and built by Blakedown based at Hayes Hawks on Lake Farm Country Park, Dawley Road.

Hillingdon Community Trust has committed £50,000 to the project, and Hillingdon Council will contribute £130,000. The Friends of Lake Farm and Hayes Hawks have also been heavily involved. Have a look at what is being built right now here and look out for opening day details soon.

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The Level build update with photos from Brighton

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The good folk at Freestyle Skateparks are up to their knees in mud (and snow) this week whilst the concrete is pouring on the all-new Level park in Brighton. No transitions have been sprayed yet so it’s still very much a building site, but here are some images for you to have a look over including the latest update of the visual with the central ‘spine’ of the bowl rolled over and a 30ft half pipe.

I think that you will agree that she is looking mighty fine.

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Oxford Wheels Project bans Scooters from new park

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Maybe this could well be a first for all new skatepark builds, maybe this is a one off. Who knows, but right now, Oxford’s skaters will be celebrating the fact that they will not have to run the risk of injuring themselves with scooter kids rolling around everywhere now a ban has been enforced in their new park when it opens.

OWP appreciate that scooter riders are the next generation of skater and BMXers and we may one day eat our words but for the success of this unique facility the management committee have decided to ban the use of scooters. This we believe will ensure maximum fair usage of the facility and safeyy of park users. Bare in mind – people are not banned from this park we have built. Just scooters. If you want to ride a board or a bike you are welcome.”

Visit the Oxford Skate Project for updates on the new build underway by Wheelscape that is situated at Meadow Lane, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 4BJ. It’s not finished yet so look out for updates on the opening date when it is announced.