There has been some heartbreakingly sad news for London skaters recently with the planned closure of The Southbank skate park.
And just to rub salt into the wounds, it is to be replaced with yet more retail space!
The park has long been recognised (since the 1970′s) as an experimental site for graffiti artists and skateboarders; “a performance space of sorts” (according to this week’s Time Out London) and a home to skaters of all ages, both sexes and all levels of ability.
Many of my school friends would spend whole weekends (rain or shine) perfecting ollies, nose-slides and kick flips in the shelter of “the undercroft”. They have such strong and happy memories that I’ve literally seen tears well-up in their eyes at the thought their children will not be able to enjoy the same experience.
I feel quite strongly that what London doesn’t need is yet another “Starbucks” and ought to be cherishing spaces that encourage activity and sport. Feel the same way? …..then pop on over and sign the petition pronto!
On a skate-vibe here are some recent slide-y finds;