And we’re back with Raiders of the Lost Park 9 – Kirkby-in-Ashfield Tarmac Pump Park.
Here’s another bizarre gem to add to the list courtesy of Instagram, and more specifically the Insta feed of Nottingham mainstay and good friend of Sidewalk, Chris ‘Bambi’ Price.
Now, Kirkby-in-Ashfield’s Tarmac Pump Park is by no means an example of an objectively ‘bad skatepark’, (as opposed to some of the more recent atrocities featured in this Raiders of the Lost Park series), so let’s just clear that up first. The inclusion of this one is really down to its anachronistic construction/design and its overall oddness. With that said, despite its strangeness, it is actually really fun to skate, even if the tarmac mogul design harkens back to an earlier period of UK skatepark construction.
Mogul parks like this one were very common back in the early 90’s, with numerous examples being constructed across the Midlands and West Yorkshire in particular, (see here for a very similar but 20-year-old version in Wibsey, near Bradford). One can only assume that these types of parks were popular with local councils back then as they required no particular expertise to build and could be constructed in-house using council workers and materials that were already on-hand.
Additionally, these kinds of mogul skateparks, (or to give them their more modern name ‘scoot parks’) were popular back then because they ticked boxes for skateboards, bikes, ninja scooters, rollerskates, inline skates and just about everything else on wheels whilst being relatively cheap.