If you live in the Le Havre area in France you're stoked. The biggest outdoor skatepark of France is being built in this city that is situated 200 kilometers West of Paris. That's good news for the British riders too as it's not too far for them to cross the channel in the rubber boat. If you can, lend a helping hand and show your support. The park will definitely put Le Havre on the BMX/sk8 map. With these kind of parks popping up, we can only say that the future is bright.
You might have heard the rumors about a 2.1 million concrete skatepark in the south of Sweden. It is in its final stages of completion and was skateable/rideable right before winter came. I'm sure the majority of the Swedish bmx, skate and inline-community have been looking forward to going there when warmer and drier weather arrives. The fact is that we have been promised a long time before it opened that BMX would be allowed. But maybe with some restrictions of the use of pegs due to the fresh state of the concrete. Because apparently, according to the builders, it doesn't reach its maximum strength and hardness until up to a year's time have passed. Fair enough.
January 2006. Starting the year on a high, GBH Ramps has just completed works on two parks in Beddau and Gelligaled. Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council has been committed to providing exceptional skate facilities for the youth in their area and through a tender process selected GBH Engineering as the choice company to design and construct their two new skateparks.
Jeffrey Bignell is a former BMX rider who won a title or two. After his BMX "career"' he got into freestyle skiing. He made it to the Dutch team, won a few titles left and right but felt like he needed some more facilities to practice. One way to do this is to go lake jumping. But you need a ramp for that. Telling from the photo, the ramp is in the works. The location is De IJzeren Man in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. With Jeffrey's BMX background it is good to hear that BMX bikes can use the ramp as well. Two other lines are reserved for snowboarders and freestyle skiers.
A heated indoor dirt spot at this time of the year is a dream for most dirt jumpers out there. Last weekend a pre-opening took place at the AbFlug Halle in Grevenbroich, Germany. Yup there are dirt jumps inside and pretty damn good ones. Benny Paulsen (one of the Red Bull Backyard diggers and co-builder of the Masters jumps) and friends got to work at the 1800 square meter Dirt-Halle. The 70 meter by 25 meter hall has 2 Big lines, 2 medium lines, 1 small line and 1 XS line. The roof is 14 meters high so Vic Murphy and Timo Pritzel are welcome too.
Thanks to DC's Rob Dyrdek, skate plaza's have gained in popularity. Here's a new one located on Marton Road, Middlesbrough, England. Lots of work went into this but the skate and BMX community have a place to go now other than the mall. The opening hours are: 9.00am-9.00pm, this will be subject to Enviromental health with regards to the lighting. Weekdays will be staffed by Andy: 4.00pm-9.00pm and weekends will be staffed by Alex 9.00am-9.00pm.
JOPLIN, MO. USA - The newly constructed Autumn Ramp Park will be opening its doors to the public in April 2006.
Autumn Ramp Park is located in a brand new 20,000 square foot building within the Bridge Youth Center Complex next to John Q. Hammons Convention Center off Interstate 44.
The distinctive ramp park was designed and constructed by Nate Wessel and his experienced crew of builders with some assistance from Jud Heald of Untitled Skateboards, and American Ramp Company out of Joplin. Surfaced in Skatelite, Autumn Ramp Park features an assortment of interconnected bowls and ramps ranging is sizes from 4 to 11 feet deep to keep both skaters and bikers happy. The park also features a multi-level, flowing street section with stairs, bowl corners, handrails and ledges, hips, wedges and plenty of gaps and transfers.
When there is a problem and no one else can help, you have two options. 1) You call the A-team or 2) You do it yourself. Andreas Lindqvist and the Capital Athletics Crew didn't have Hannibal's number. Here's what Jimmy Roestlund wrote:
The riding situation during the winter has been a total disaster here for the last few years. There's only been one indoor park here for as long as I can remember - Stockholm Skatepark in a place called Fryshuset. And every time the ramps have been changed, they have changed for the worse for us riders, and actually for the skaters too!
Here's a couple of pics from the new "Monster" skatepark in Sydney, Australia. It opened last week. The street course, which is 1000 sq/m indoors, and miniramp were designed by Mike Daly. Bikes are welcome. It's summer over there now so visit monsterskate.com.au and make some plans.
Sunday the 30th of October 2005 saw the opening jam of one of Europe's biggest(3400sqm)skate plazas! The day started off wet and a little glum, come two O'clock in the afternoon and the weather had dryed out enougth for a good session and all that attended the jam were stoked. Good too see the work of some of Stokes most productive skaters has payed off! Too check out more about the guys behind the Stoked fundraiseres/plaza/stokes skate scene check out www.sketchy skateboarding.co.uk. There is some cool shit on this site including the design of the park and cool videos.