Crystal Palace Park skatepark consists of an extended 100 metre long and 11 m wide curved concrete band, filled with a wide range of rideable terrains.
At one end sits a cloverleaf pool, complete with swimming pool-style stone coping and tiling – the first skateboarding pool to be built in London for 40 years. This is 8.5 ft deep in the large round section, and 6 ft deep in the shallower sections.
In the middle is an L-shaped steel-coping bowl offering a multitude of hips and curves. This bowl varies between 5.5ft in the shallowest sections to 7 ft in the deepest section.
And at the other end of the skatepark is a large mellow section, mostly 2-3 ft high. It offers various flat and transitioned banks plus an angled hip, banked ledge, pump bump and a 5 ft high taco.
BMX, quad-skating, rollerblading, scootering and skateboarding have all been considered in this design, and riders of all ages and abilities are very welcome.
Surrounding the skatepark – which sits in a distinctive raised tray-like platform – are a series of landscaped grass mounds, allowing for multiple viewing and relaxation points. The wider setting of Crystal Palace Park offers a variety of other leisure, play, café and transport facilities.
The unique design of the £350,000 skatepark is the product of an intensive collaboration between skatepark firm Canvas, Kinnear Landscape Architects and local riders, blending a highly contemporary approach with references to the historic context of Crystal Palace Park. It has been funded by the Mayor of London.
This skatepark sees skateboarding return to one of its historic homes, where the first major UK national skateboarding competition took place in 1977, and where many slalom and downhill events have also been held. It is located right next to the site of the world-famous skateboarding half-pipe of the 1980s.
A celebratory Summer Jam – attended by over 350 – was held on 25 August 2018.
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