Figured it deserved it’s own thread. Entertaining watch.
Though a couple of criticisms: little to no reflection on the North-Cal skate culture which may have contributed to the deaths of Phelps, Monk and P-Stone; and stating Burnside is the ‘birth of DIY’ - big claim, probably justified in a limited, concrete park kind of sense but maybe others know of other precedents?
I mean you’re right - Burnside wasn’t the locus for the ‘birth of DIY’: technically that came a decade before with the emergence of backyard vert ramps like Groholski’s etc that provided the platform for Thrasher to re-energise the culture through involvement with contests on these DIY ramps.
But ‘birth of DIY’ is shorthand for ‘DIY’ in a modern sense of concrete laid without permission isn’t it?
I think Burnside has a justifiable claim to be the genesis of that as a ‘movement’ whether it was absolutely the first or not.
It was definitely the first modern large scale one.
Re your ‘Nor Cal skate culture’ point - the Pacific North West has a much greater problem with heroin/opiates than Nor Cal - that tends to be more meth I think (at least during this period). Plus, they’re unlikely to talk about death in a doc’ largely celebrating DIY I guess.
Let’s not forget that the UK’s first park, Skate Escape, (also in/on Portland - Dorset in this case), was built on land with no permission. After a trip to the US and seeing the parks there and deciding we needed one here, Lorne just got in there and started building. I think phase 1 was done without the council having a clue what was going on. That’s about as DIY as it gets.
Similar deal iirc with Stockwell initially. Same guy just got in there with a digger and got busy before the official go ahead had been thumbs up’d.
I think Santa Rosa is relatively new ie late 80’s / early 90’s. Built around the same time as Petaluma park and some other northern Bay Area parks, and they’re all pretty similar in design. Love me a lump n bump park.
I was last going to suggest Stone Edge in Florida as being a proper old relic but now I think about it, it was probably built towards the end of the 80’s rather than the 1970’s era. As @anonymity mentioned, most of those were ‘dozed way back.