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SPOT CHECK: Bath Skatepark

Carve to your heart's content

Words and photos by Dunk
Video by Robin Pearson


It’s been a long time coming, but after about a million years of waiting, Bath in Somerset finally got the concrete skatepark it’s been needing for so long. Bath has had a skatepark for many years, though sadly neglected and seldom used as the design and layout was poor by any standards. It basically consisted of a ten-foot vert ramp and a six-foot midi, with little else. Both sounding quite good on paper, until you found out they were both made from the most slippery metal known to man. Ahh, you gotta love 90s metal ramps.


 


 

So now, after much campaigning and fund raising, the installation of the £500k concrete wonder was completed this summer, though not without its delays, as pretty much the moment they broke ground they hit bed rock (or something hard like that). It put the opening back a while but it was worth the wait.


 


The main feature is the bowl, and I must say how good it is to see the council were brave enough to opt for something of a decent size, rather than yet another four-footer with a six-foot deep end. The six-foot and ten-foot ends of this bowl pay homage to the old metal ramps which they replace and are linked with a couple of hips. It’s a simple layout but allow a good bit of speed build up and progression on larger transitions.


 

Del Shepherd, boning out a footjam into the deep end.

 

The rest of the park you’ll find a street plaza, a rather short jump box and an array of transitions and ledges to keep the whizz-plankers and scooter kids happy.

 


Situated in Victoria Park the location is easy to get to on the train and if you’re lucky you can park right next to the skatepark itself. One standout thing to me was the fact that it’s not got that new concrete slippery-ness, so you can carve to your hearts content from the word go!

If you’re in the south west and the sun is shining then stop by for a shred!

Del Shepherd, dialled downwhip in the shallow end.

Location:

Victoria Park, on the corner of the A4 (Upper Bristol Road) and Park Lane. BA4.


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