Skate City London – 1970s UK skateparks

You’ll find the 3.5 acres of landscaped concrete that is Skate City London near Tower Bridge. Parts are open now, and there are ambitious plans for the site: it will be open from 10am to 9pm, with floodlighting for darker evenings; there will be a shop and cafe on site, plus seating and walkways for spectators. Plans are also afoot to cover the whole area with a huge clear plastic dome, so that skating can take place no matter what the weather is like. When you think of the disruption the rain caused at the Crystal Palace championships this year, you can see what a great advantage that would be!

Safety is at a premium, with expert help and supervision on hand at all times, and full safety gear must be worn by the 3,000 people who’ll be able to use the skatepark every day. What will they find? Three bowls of varying depths, a beginners’ area, a freestyle area, and a covered run (complete with disco music)!

London Skate City skatepark in 1977, from Successful Skateboarding Magazine 1977 with thanks to http://vintageskateboardmagazines.com
London Skate City skatepark in 1977, from Successful Skateboarding Magazine 1977 with thanks to http://vintageskateboardmagazines.com

 

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