Raiders of the Lost Park 5 – The worst skatepark in the UK?

Huddersfield throws up another shit skatepark gem

Raiders of the Lost Park 5 – The worst skatepark in the UK?
Bradley Skatepark, Huddersfield

And we’re back, kicking off 2018 with truly one of the worst examples of a badly-conceived, and even more badly executed council-funded skatepark that we’ve ever seen.
Whilst some of the previous Raiders of the Lost Park destinations have been queried by you lot with “that’s not that bad”, (well apart from Fartown Skatepark which really was that bad) – this latest example definitely ticks all the boxes of a complete and utter abortion.
Photos: Tim Smith

Setting-wise Bradley Skatepark was kind of a ‘win’ – nestled in the middle of a sedate housing estate on the outskirts of Huddersfield and looking out onto glorious Yorkshire countryside, so, as long as you kept your eyes above ground level – things looked okay. Sadly though, once you made the mistake of casting your eyes towards ground level you were ‘treated’ to one of the worst attempts at building a skateboard park that we’ve ever seen.
I’m guessing that the design consultation process involved in building Bradley Skatepark consisted of little more than Googling ‘skatepark’, looking at the first two returns and then ringing the local scrap yard to buy a few grand’s worth of scrap steel.

The centre-piece consisted of a driveway with a flat bar running along the length of it – the only problem there was the fact that the drive way itself was only a foot high, there were gaps between the bottoms of the driveway and the floor on both sides, (so you have to ollie to get off the driveway), and the rail was so low that you couldn’t actually ollie onto it. (See the pics for a better explanation of how bad this thing is construction-wise).

Aside from that magnificent ‘obstacle’ (in a literal sense of that word), Bradley Skatepark also served up two flat bars, (again so low that ollieing onto them was virtually impossible) and a selection of metal benches that were either intended to function as skatepark obstacles, or as vantage-points for the huge crowds of spectators attending Bradley skatepark on a daily basis to watch Tony Hawk practice on his regular visits there. (I’m opting for the latter).

Regardless, as with all of these Raiders of the Lost Park missions we’ve done, the terrible quality of the park did little to dilute the session and the collected Endemic Skate Store crew did their best with what was at hand. If searching out and skating these God awful council skateparks proves one thing, it’s that you can have fun skating anything with the right attitude but, with that said, thank God most councils started to see the light around 2000 and stopped wasting public funds on this crap.

For previous outings to some of the UK’s worst skateparks, including Stoke-on-Trent’s tin masterpiece Tunstall Skatepark, Yeadon’s Nunroyd skatepark and a bunch of others – head over to the Raiders of the Lost Park tag.

If you’ve got a park local to you that fits the Raiders of the Lost Park bill – let us know in the YouTube comments, or hit us up on Facebook or Instagram and we’ll head over and give it a seeing-to.

Jim Esmond – Nollie inward heelflip over a bench that may, or may not, be part of Bradley skatepark. Photo: Tim Smith
Raiders of the Lost Park 5 – The worst skatepark in the UK?


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