Kelvingrove skatepark is a large, all concrete skatepark, marooned in greenery. It features a double bowl on one side. The rest of the skatepark is made up of a multi-purpose area enclosed by flat banks and bowled edges with rails, ledges, hips and raised levels.
It was the skateboarders’ concerted effort and lobbying that raised the profile of wheeled sports within Glasgow, and led to the creation of a facility for skateboarders, inline skaters and BMX riders.
There was a consultation and the skaters designed and illustrated what they imagined it would look like. The Landscape Section of the council then drew these varied ideas together to formulate the final design. The plans was put before the skaters at meetings and also publicised on skateboard websites.
The skatepark has brought children, teenagers and adults together who have a passion for wheeled sports, which has allowed people from different parts of the city and beyond to meet up.
The existence of a skatepark has not only brought new people to the sport but also has brought people back to it. Fathers who used to skate have brought their children along and helped them develop their own abilities.
It’s a place for hanging out, competing, showing off, swapping tips and having fun.
Picture by Paul Gallagher for Glasgowist.