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The view inside an empty Romford skatepark. Happened to be passing for the first time in years and was kindly allowed to wander around the place to show one of the younger 540's where I spent a fair amount of time in my younger days. Such a cool place.
11th Apr 2008, 19:42   | tags:,,,

JokerXL says:

Closed or just no interest any more from the "PlayStation generation"?
Shame, it looks like quite a set up.

11th Apr 2008, 21:04

nige says:

looks wicked, man.

12th Apr 2008, 11:13

540air says:

It was only closed due to us being there early thankfully. It opens at 10, but we were there around 9. It still gets absolutely rammed full of people and was so so cool to be able to stroll around the place. So many memories :)

12th Apr 2008, 21:17

anonymous says:

love that second shot

13th Apr 2008, 00:47

that is quite an amazing place which you're so lucky to have. On saturday the youth of Haverfordwest took to the streets to protest about their lack of facilities and to ask for a skate park - they've been campaigning for one since we moved here, but nothing has yet been done, and it's looking doubtful that anything will be done.

14th Apr 2008, 15:51

540air says:

It really is an awesome place for sure and I think that the generations of bikers/skaters/roller skaters who have enjoyed it since the 70's really do appreciate it.

If they keep going they can make it happen. We have a small one that the council built in the park about 200 yards from home, but over in Basildon they got a bigger one made, because the youth got together and raised some funds for it too, which in turn spurred the council on.

It takes a while, but it'll happen if they keep trying.

14th Apr 2008, 16:04

Caine says:

Nice series. I especially like the 2nd shot.

17th Apr 2008, 03:08

The kids and parents were out collecting signatures for a petition on Saturday, which I was happy to sign six times (the family are all in support!), and it looked like the kids had the support of the entire community - you'd think that would be enough, but rural welsh councils are worse than the english at actually listening to what the people want/need.

17th Apr 2008, 09:22

540air says:

Thanks C, that's Dan enjoying walking round in "The Pool". It's an over-vert bowl that I used to ride :)

hobo - Fingers crossed that they will actually pay some attention. As far as I remember, it only costs about £20,000 to build a good one, so for a council that should easily be attainable, when they offset the costs against the benefits of less hassle, vandalism, graffiti and all the other lovelies that are part of having zero to do.

17th Apr 2008, 12:01

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