‘Forgotten’ Bristol skatepark to reopen after six-figure transformation

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There has been a campaign to improve Victoria Park Skatepark for the last decade

A ‘forgotten’ skatepark in south Bristol is due to reopen after undergoing a six-figure transformation. 

Victoria Park Skatepark is set to welcome back skaters at the end of February, after BristolWorld revealed it was receiving a £150,000 revamp.  

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This follows a decade-long campaign by Daniel Higginson of Bristol Skatepark Collective to improve the park.      

“The first email I sent was in April 2014 reaching out to tarmac companies to help fix some of the cracks,” the filmmaker and skater told BristolWorld.  

“So it feels good/crazy that almost 10 years later to the month we are on the cusp of finally getting results from a decade of campaigning.”  

Victoria Park Skatepark in its previous form was not considered fit for purpose Victoria Park Skatepark in its previous form was not considered fit for purpose
Victoria Park Skatepark in its previous form was not considered fit for purpose | Charlie Watts

Bristol Skatepark Collective fundraised more than £150,000 improve the park, through public donations alongside council and grant funding. 

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The park, near Bedminster Train Station, opened in 2005 but was considered a ‘a derelict piece of tarmac’.  

It has been closed since November 20, 2023 while undergoing refurbishment works.    

The new park has been designed by Bristol company Wheelscape. It will include a new ramp and bowl, a hip, a flat bank and a wall stall.    

The skatepark is undergoing refurbishment works ahead of reopening The skatepark is undergoing refurbishment works ahead of reopening
The skatepark is undergoing refurbishment works ahead of reopening | Charlie Watts

Daniel continued: “The park is going to be massive (due to space and budget restrictions) but it will provide a free, safe, purpose-built space in central Bristol that's easy to access and open 24/7.  

“I imagine it will be a very well-used facility. It’s exciting times. People of all ages, disciplines and abilities will find something fun to ride there”.

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