And we’re back with truly one of the most bizarre ‘skateparks’ that we’ve ever encountered.
Before we go on, due credit to the @suviveskateboarding Insta feed for giving us the precise location on this place that looks almost as if it was built just for a Raiders of the Lost Park episode. We had received a few pictures of this staggeringly odd Dagenham park before that but Suvive provided the exact location, so knucks to them.
“It’s a driveway Jim, but not as we know it…”
Skate obstacle or Junior Kickstart inspired trials motorbike platform? You decide.
Photo: Rich West
It’s a rare day indeed (especially in this country) that you stumble across a park containing obstacles that are not only objectively badly designed, but also that defy description, at least in terms familiar to most skateboarders. Whilst Parsloes skatepark does contain a few of the time honoured obstacles that you’d expect to encounter, namely a jump box and some flat bars, it was the other oddities that made everyone’s jaws drop on arrival.
However, as has no doubt become clear in previous episodes, the whole purpose of Raiders of the Lost Park is two-fold: firstly the Skateboard Urb Ex element offers us (and you) a chance to look into the recent past of UK skateboard provision and marvel at the numerous anomalies that litter the UK in numbers far exceeding that of any other country, and secondly, these missions to long forgotten skateparks also serve to reinforce the fact that, no matter how bad these places may seem, with the right people, you’re still guaranteed a good time.
We assembled an Essex-heavy crew (along with a few London-based heads), none of whom were even aware of the existence of Parsloes skatepark and the combined force of Nick Remon, Toby Gozzett, Taylor Jones, Jono Coote, Rich West, Mark Radden and Scott ‘Horsey’ Walker soon got busy, well as soon as the now customary gasps of disbelief and “How the fuck did you find this?” questions had abated.
Peep the clip below and then keep scrolling for some rad Rich West photos of both the lay out and some of the session.
Raiders of the Lost Park 8 – Parsloes skatepark, Dagenham
Music by Will Sheerin – more at Instagram @padsofhue