M32 Skate Space
My idea is to turn the grassroots D.I.Y skatepark that has been built under the M32 into a more permanant, complete skate area for future generations.
Since the first few obstacles have been built by the Skateboarding, BMXing and Rollerblading communities, the formerly neglected space has gone from a dark, dingy, and dismal cavern into a highly used, vibrant, creative, and communal area.
It's used by skateboarders and cyclists of all ages, and on the weekends parents bring their kids down to ride around the smooth tarmac expanse on their scooters.
The locals cleverly used existing structures such as concrete blocks and benches to build obstcales on and around, making great use of the space and creating unique obstacles to perform tricks on.
With just a little more conrete and metal, the space could be turned into a veritable skatepark rather than a collection of obstacles. The potential of this space is immense - and the benefits of its redevelopment are already clearly visible, evidenced by the large groups of young people doing something constructive and creative whilst also keeping fit and active.
Why the contribution is important
Bristol is renowned nationally and internationally as a bastion of the skateboarding scene - the Lloyds ampitheatre is a world famous proving ground for skateboarders - and creating a free, outdoor, weather-proof space would only help to encourage and nurture future generations of skateboarders and bmxers.
Bristol is lacking in a free, undercover space for alternative sports, though it has a strong history in encouraging them. The space would require only a small amount of investment - concrete, rubble, and angle iron- and the work would happily be undertaken by the skateboarders and cyclists themselves. Wheelscape Skatepark construction have also expressed an interest in helping the council realise the potential of this space.
Considering the immense success of the 'M32 Spot' so far, securing it's place as part of the Bristol skate scene would be a hugely positive step that could be taken at a small cost. Other 'underpass skateparks' have become world famous, and even become real tourist attractions - such as the Burnside skatepark in Portland, Oregon - which is something of a mecca to skateboarders worldwide - and Washington Street in San Diego, California. Turning this previously disused area into a permanant skatepark would create a unique, architecturally inspiring urban space that's got Bristol written all over it.
by user245456 on November 26, 2013 at 10:40AM