The aim of the day was to raise awareness that the Park needs a restoration being 40 years old and one of the last surviving as a public skatepark.
Having been inspired by the painting work done by the skate community at King’s Park, I asked the local skaters to come the week before and help with a facelift of repairs and blue paint donated by the Friends Of Slades Farm and the Council. It was as rough as sandpaper and the blue paint smoothed it and saved some skin.
We brought the DontRain mobile skate ramps to add to the skatepark and offered free skate sessions for beginners before the comp got underway.
Slades Farm was constructed between 1976-8 and has been well used over its’ life. When I was a kid skating, it was the best place to go to learn to drop in and how to use basic ramps.
It is not what you might call a normal skatepark for today’s standards as it was built at the beginning of skateboarding in the UK and is quite mellow so perfect as a place to learn.
I think this park has an important place in UK skateboarding history and I’d love to see it brought back to life by restoring the existing parts and building new elements round it to keep it up to date for now and future generations.
It was great to hear different stories about the park over the years and some of the original skaters came along to watch and take part.
The skate comp was a great success with around 50 taking part and 150-200 people coming down to watch the madness.
We had loads of prizes donated by local small brand skate shops and local skateparks which were given out to the winners.
The 80’s fancy-dress, which most people took part in, gave the whole day a really funny look and turned the heads of local passers by!
So massive thanks to all who helped from painters and repairers, sponsors, competitors, spectators and anyone else who helped make this an event worthy of such an important and historic park.
There is another Comp planned for 2018 and we on the campaign to restore and maintain this unique and special part of our skating heritage. I can’t do this on my own so we are looking for people make this happen.
Slades Farm needs some love…