Stockwell Skatepark reopens after £500K revamp

Stockwell Skatepark has re-opened to the public after a £500,000 makeover that could help nurture the next generation of Olympic talent.

A re-opening on July 29 saw all types of wheeled riders enjoying improved flow around the park, the more inviting space for beginners and refreshed seating.

The Friends of Stockwell Skatepark were crucial in pushing through the project.

Daphne Greca, from the Friends of Stockwell Skatepark, said: “It is brilliant that this project has been completed and our strong community of skaters, BMX riders and others are back out there doing what they love. Being able to use Stockwell Skatepark again just means so much to people.

“We now look forward to nurturing the next generation of skatepark users at this brilliant site, which is now better than ever.”

Stockwell Skatepark is one of the oldest in the country. It was designed by the “grandfather of British skateboarding,” Lorne Edwards, and opened in 1978.

A section of the skatepark has been modified to include new features such as a quarter-pipe along the northern wall, as well as tweaks to the design to cater for skaters with different needs and abilities.

There is a unique drain cover incorporated into the new design bearing a plaque dedicated to its original designer, Mr Edwards.

A second plaque also recognises Brixton BMX Club patron Charlie Reynolds, a well-known figure during the 1970s and 1980s.

The refurbished park will cater for everyone, with a series of instructor-led sessions to encourage children and young people to skate, bike or rollerblade.

There will also be sessions for adults, including those with disabilities and opportunities for residents to train to become skateboarding instructors.

The overall £500,000 investment includes a significant allocation of money from developers for improvements to sports facilities and open spaces.

It also includes £100,000 donations from Network Homes and the London Marathon Charitable Trust.

Pictured top: The new-look Stockwell skatepark (Picture: Lambeth council)




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