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Predicting a Renaissance: Skateboarding in 2020

You can feel it already can’t you? The slow but steady resurgence of something which faded into the background after its coming of age as a sub-culture in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Skateboarding; loved and hated in equal measure depending on your point of view. A physical activity which can’t be easily labelled and which somehow manages to flow simultaneously through the spheres of lifestyle, sport and creative art form. Peaks and Troughs As someone who started skating…

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Skateboarding in the 2020 Olympics: Pros and Cons

(Cover art credit: www.theberrics.com) I know, I know, it’s old news, skateboarding is now an official Olympic sport and will feature in the Japan 2020 Games, yadda yadda, yeah yeah, heard it ages ago.  What you might not be aware of however is the intense debate amongst skateboarders as to whether this is a welcome step forward, or the beginning of the end. I’m definitely not the first person (or the first skater) to consider this topic and feel…

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2019 Alton Skatepark Contract Awarded to Maverick Industries

Part 1: Maverick Skateparks officially chosen to build the new Alton skatepark The Alton Town Council Task and Finishing Group have been a busy bunch since I released the first blog about the new skatepark plans back in August 2018.  The Council side of the team set about organising the process of putting the design and construction of the park out to Tender so that any interested skatepark companies could submit an application to win the job.  I won’t…

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New Alton Skatepark Gets Council Seal of Approval for 2019

On Wednesday 22nd August 2018 Alton Town Councillors gathered with members of the local skateboard, BMX and scooter communities alongside Maverick Skatepark’s Lead Designer, Ian Jennings, to discuss plans for a completely redesigned concrete skatepark which will replace the current wooden/steel features at the Jubilee Fields site. I was there representing local skaters.  Read on for a full update on the current situation. Part 1: A ticking time bomb of rotten wood and dented steel One of the first…

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