Nottingham City Council have secured funding to develop a small skate park a short distance from the city centre, at King Edward Park (off Carlton Road, Sneinton).
As this is our first project collectively as Skate Nottingham, we spoke to over 70 local skaters and developed 4 potential designs for the facility which will be situated on the 40x40m space formerly used as a bowling green.
Our friends at Long Live Southbank kindly published the findings and the proposed designs, which you can read here on their website.
The designs were used to select a contractor and Skate Nottingham championed the voice of users by shaping the specification to ensure whoever was successfully in pitching for the project had a specialism in skatepark construction, in particular, using concrete and everyday items you would find on the streets.
Construction began in October 2016 and was set to tight schedule of 12 weeks to get everything complete. The weather was on our side and team even managed to finish a little bit ahead of schedule.
The park opened on the 16th of December 2016, with the opening sessions edited into this short piece, kindly shared by Sidewalk mag. We are planning an official launch event in Spring 2017 so watch this space for more info!!
Below: before and after – the former bowling green space, under-utilized for several years, with a pavilion run by the residents’ association providing opportunities to store equipment and run skate lessons and mentoring (and store brooms etc. to keep the park clean). The pathways design makes best use of the tight budget, with plans in progress for a Phase II that could develop the rest of the space.
Photos courtesy of Tom Quigley (http://www.squigglyphotography.co.uk/) from the 1st week of opening in Dec 2016