I wish to express my concern over the future of the facility of which I have been a part of for several years now, that doesn't seem to have been considered in the redevelopment designs of the southwest quadrant. I feel it is a shame that no one has put a value to our facility, which has gained respect locally and globally (type in "Bridport Indoor Skate park" or "The Trick Factory" into Google if you doubt this).Put simply, we run on a not for profit basis an all weather leisure facility that is used by locals and skateboard/bmx enthusiasts who travel from far and wide to use the unique construction.
Looking at the bigger picture it would appear that the south west
In England there's one park that has brought forward a new breed of BMX riders. Alistair Whitton, Owain Clegg, Robin Fenlon and Jon Taylor were locals at this indoor facility for a long time. Anybody who runs a park knows that it gets rough at some point to keep things open. The Boneyard recently invested in some new ramps and some new surface to keep things going. For directions, opening hours, a bus schedule and more photos, check their website. For all other questions, pick up the phone and give them a call.
Calabazas dirt jumps in Cupertino, California have been around for years. A lawsuit shut the whole place down a while back after someone hurt themselves riding there. Last weekend was the official re-opening ceremony and I walked away with loads of dirt up my nose and a free towel ( new bike rag ) from some new Disney movie. Don't ask me what the marketing connection is there.The folks from Red Bull were in attendance and handing out their product to keep every kid there awake for the next month.
LA City is opening its new concrete skatepark, Garvanza Skatepark in Highland Park. The park is big and spread out with a 9 ft. deepvert swimming pool inspired pool and a large street course. They told Todd Seligman that they would allow bikes. Now they are saying that the contractor will void the warrenty if bikes are allowed. The guy that runs the park for the city wants to allow bikes and he is encouraging as many BMXers to show up on Friday as possible.
Whistler, Canada is an amazing place. The mountains are beautiful, the air is fresh and there are plenty of activities you can do. Of course a concrete skatepark had to be built. The Whistler skateboard park was built in October of the year 2000 with skateboarding in mind. There are signs that say No Mountain Bikes, but we ride a BMX, don't we?
The Sugarhill in Aarle-Rixtel were pretty much plowed but built back up again in the same day. The starting hill became higher and steeper, the 4 pack on the outside is big, the three turns in the West are all new and on the way back there are some bigger jumps that will require some serious pedaling. The "kids" now start from the sketchy blue ramp and have three tables before making the 180 degree berm. On the way back there are some step-ups and a table. The North-West turn has become bigger and the wall is still there.
Masterbuilder JD SENNID and the GENERAL LEE have changed the famous SUGARHILLS trails in Aarle-Rixtel last weekend. Together with a lot of locals and a bulldozer provided by the city of Laarbeek they worked their ass off to make new lines. You can find 2 big jumps right from the higher/steeper starting hill and going to a big berm coming back with 4 jumps with all kinds of transfer posibilities ending in a big berm/pool and a wall ride. Of course it is not ready yet but if you come over with a shovel it will be ready sooner so don't be lazy and help the SUGARHILL locals to make the trails better than ever before.
Michael de Wit aka King of Choq and Marek de Heus decided to make a little trip to the Arizona desert and check out the new Chandler Bike Park. Yes, you read it; bike park. This means no skateboards, fruitbooters or any other weird contraptions, just 20 inch bikes. In short the park is awesome, and has basically everything except for a full pipe: tons of hips, spines, sub boxes, transitions of all sizes and much more. Whoever designed it did a great job.
Nate Wessel and Ron Kimler are at it again. Francisco Zurita managed to sneak out some photos of the building of the new indoor street course at Woodward West. From the looks of it Nate has gone creative again. Although it's not finished yet, with a working crew like this it wouldn't be long until the new section in the Hangar can be shredded.
Today we visited the grand opening of the new vert ramp at the Fazantenkamp in Maarssenbroek, Holland. After years of driving the local council crazy, the riders and skaters in town received a new vert ramp. It's four sheets wide, made out of metal and on the day of the grand opening, the builders had to set up the amount of vert on each side to make it rideable. After a 5 minute speech, 5 minutes of trying to break the bottle (vessel style), a 5 minute demo