Building a skatepark requires specialist skill and precision — obviously the smoothness of the run is of paramount importance, both for performance and safety which Blakedown prides itself in achieving.
The state-of-the-art park created for the Crawley Freestyle Association is praised throughout the UK by skaters and BMX riders alike. Crawley Borough Council says it is often approached with questions regarding the park’s design and build.
The 1,200m2 park is made up of numerous combination, in-situ, concrete bowls, ranging from 6ft to 8ft in depth, and a 3.3m-high cave shell incorporating a pump hump. The street area includes various transitions of grind rails, fun boxes, pyramids, ledges, driveways, tits, flat banks and BMX jumps. The full, professional floodlights also went down a storm with users.
Riders love the facility, saying: “The ride in the park is smooth and quick, there are plenty of lines in both the bowl and the street area. All in all it is a great park and we recommend a visit.”
The park is regularly used for coaching sessions, and for special events such as skate and BMX jams.
About the contract
Client: Crawley Borough Council
Architect: Crawley Freestyle Association & Blakedown Sport & Play
Funded by: Crawley Borough Council
Contract value: £250,000
Contract duration: 12 weeks