So, the concrete is spreading. It seems that every new skatepark that is being built is a concrete plaza style park. This however seems a little different to the norm. It was the furst time this contract firm had built a skatepark in concrete. In fact, their first work in concrete of any form. The boys done good though. It’s a great smooth surface, without the typical sliding that seems to be the norm on parks of this type.
The park consists of 3 main features. There’s the 2 level kidney bowl, the big staircase and the plaza. Each edge has the usual aluminium edging on it. Not as easy to control as a proper coping, but nicer on the shins than the sharp extruded steel you see in some council parks. The plaza area has a couple of decent drop ledges, stair ledges, rails, flatbanks, manual blocks etc giving some decent lines around the park.
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OK, so it’s not the biggest park in the world, but it’s nice to see that it hasn’t fallen victim to the common failing of council parks – the ankle biter ledges. There’s a good range of sizes and types of grindables in here. You’ve not going to find perfect round rails down a mellow kinked 14 set, but there should be enough here to keep most people interested for a time.
My advice is to head over there and try it ou. See how you like it. The parking’s not the best in the world (you need to park on the carpark outside Queen’s Park entrance and walk up) but it’s worth it.