Concrete Dinosaurs Part 2 – Harrow Skatepark
The obvious next destination on the list with a van full of the world’s best tranny rippers thirsty for vintage UK crete was Harrow skatepark AKA Harrow Solid Surf, (to give the place its original title).
Anyone with even the most passing interest in British skateboarding history should be more than aware of Harrow’s historical position as one of the UK’s most celebrated original era skateparks.
Originally conceived as an idea in 1976, (and allegedly funded in part by now defunct UK department store chain Woolworth’s), the park officially opened in 1978 with luminaries such as Tony Alva and Shogo Kubo turning up from across the Atlantic for the opening event.
Over the 80’s the park was repeatedly threatened with closure as skateboarding numbers dwindled and less savoury characters descended on the site, leading to elements of the park’s original layout being filled in for safety reasons, only to be dug out again by the stalwart locals.
Happily, after a proposed development that threatened the skatepark’s future in the mid 00’s failed to materialise, it looks as if Harrow’s future is secure, allowing it to reign supreme as the UK’s most heavily skated relic from the 1970’s golden era.
Anyhow – enough with the history lesson – if you want to know more, go watch the short Harrow Skatepark documentary on YouTube.
As far as our Concrete Dinosaurs Part 2 – Harrow Skatepark visit is concerned, despite the weather trying its upmost to screw us over, the rain held off long enough for the crew (with additional support from Alex Hallford and Sam Pulley) to dig deep after a strenuous day at Romford and still treat the rugged curves of Harrow to a few new delights.
Watch the clip, peep the photos and then go session Harrow for yourselves.