The skatepark is pretty much the only preserved skatepark from the 70's in Europe, which is still being used a lot. Therefore it is of great cultural and historical value. The skatepark was designed as a part of recreation park Het Hulsbeek and is surrounded by trees, lawns and swimming lakes. This also makes the skatepark very special location wise. In all the years the design of the park has not been altered.
Bram Waterman, President of Skateboard Federation Netherlands and vice-president of the European Skateboard Association, was the one to come up with the request to declare Het Hulsbeek a monument. The official request is ready and will be put in this week.
On Monday 9 March, Bram Waterman held a presentation in city hall in Oldenzaal to ask attention for the skatepark. The presentation was accompanied by “Oerend Hard” footage and was received very enthusiastically by the present officials, whom up to that point, were not aware of this so called ''hidden pearl''.
Friday 13 March, RTV-Oost gave a lot of attention to the monument request in their programme ''En Dan Nog Even Dit''. To view this show click on this link.
Pics: Kostas Adamopoulos/Nikos Kallianis