More sad skatepark news this week with the closure of Palace Skateboards' free-to-skate Mwadlands facility. All praise must go to Lev and co at Palace for putting this place together and lighting up the gloom of Peckham with this bespoke Radlands facsimile that has seen some very heavy sessions go down throughout the winter.
As Lev Tanju explained in his recent Free Skate Mag interview, the Palace Mwadlands skatepark was always intended to be temporary solution to the lack of indoor facilities in the nation's capital and thus as the lease came to an end, it was dismantled earlier this week and relegated to skateboard history like its inspiration Radlands.
With all that said however, there is already talk of Palace doing something similar at an as-yet-to-be-confirmed date, but knowing the way Gareth, Lev and the Palace crew operate, it'll probably just appear out of the ether in the not too distant future.
"I wish the skatepark could be there forever but then I’m kind of like ‘fuck it’, it’ll go and then hopefully we’ll make another one, one day. But it’s shown us that it’s the sort of thing we should be doing. If you don’t get off your arse and do it, nothing happens. The community and the government should be helping us do these things though" - Lev Tanju
Mwadlands crew - full force chilling. Photo: Wig Worland
What better way to say goodbye to Mwadlands then than via a gallery from one of London's most OG skate photographers, our close friend and one-time Sidewalk photo editor Mr. Wig Worland?
So, without further babbling - here's a grip of Wig photos of the likes of Blondey McCoy, Danny Brady, Ben Raemers, Geoff Rowley and a few of the other notable heads who passed through Mwadlands doors.
When you've finished scoping Wig's photos here - head over to his website at: http://wigworland.com/
Additionally, it seems like a good time to link a few of the clips that have come out from Mwadlands over its short but influential existence.
Enjoy and remember: if this skatepark proves anything, it proves beyond doubt that skateboarders are pretty much unstoppable with enough passion.
Massive respect to Lev, Gareth, Rza and everyone else involved in Mwadlands.
"Reach for the lasers!" Danny Brady launches one whilst dreaming of Dennis Atherton's flawless 1995 Radlands run. Photo: Wig Worland
Lucien Clarke - frontside 360 nollie, or nollie cab (argue amongst yourselves).
Photo: Wig Worland
Geoff Rowley - backside 360 ollie whilst thinking of Aigburth. Photo: Wig Worland
Rob Mathieson - backside nosebluntslide into the Abyss.
Photo: Wig Worland
Blondey McCoy - the increasingly possible Impossible Tailgrab. Photo: Wig Worland
Geoff and Tom. Photo: Wig Worland
Geoff Rowley - frontside nosebluntslide. Photo: Wig Worland
Ben Raemers - disco wallride. Photo: Wig Worland