Raiders of the Lost Park 4 – Ravensknowle Skatepark, Huddersfield.
Endemic Skatestore lift the lid on another of West Yorkshire’s most questionable skateparks.
Monopolising on the hype already acquired following the session at Fartown skatepark – which we featured in our previous Raiders of the Lost Park article – Huddersfield’s Endemic Skateshop crew were keen to take us to another mind-blowing waste of tax-payers money in nearby Ravensknowle.
This particular park houses several standard skatepark objects – such as a spine, driveway, flatbar and a ledge – though none of it has been placed with any sort of thought so nothing makes any sense, and the sizing’s are all over the place as well, especially in the case of the driveway where each of the kickers and the flat in the middle barely exceeds the length of a board. The ledge has been placed in such a manner that it’s primary purpose to the locals is that of a cloakroom/fag rolling station, the flatbar again has been placed on the park’s edge with little run up or run out depending on how you want to hit it, though luckily it doubles up as a perfect perch for intrigued local youths, which makes the spine ramp the only obstacle with any run-up or run-out. Most interestingly, the park features what can only be described as a ‘tarmac eyebrow’ – an obstacle so unique and forward thinking that in 2017, it’s purpose completely escapes us. As is usually the case in parks such as this, the whole thing is placed on a downhill slope too, meaning you’re either using the spine as a fly-out ramp, or you’re pushing up hill like a rabid dog and struggling to manage stalls on the thing.
Be sure to contact us via Facebook or Instagram if you think you know of a skatepark that would benefit from a visit by the Raiders of the Lost Park crew, but for now, enjoy Tim Smith’s photos and enjoy the short clip from the session at Ravensknowle.