Not a FB user but my Mrs has just sent me this hence the copy & paste job.
Here’s the post from yesterday (07/09/19):
SKATEPARK CLOSURE UPDATE
We wanted to reach out to those who valued having a skatepark in Hull and we wanted to offer some light on what has gone on this year. Those of you who have not been part of the recent hate campaign might want to know the truth about some of the rumours that have been spread.
Rockcity Bowl did not close to make room for more climbing walls.
Rockcity Skatepark hasn’t closed to turn the space into more climbing walls.
Rockcity Skatepark hasn’t closed for financial reasons. The climbing centre is open every day as normal. #goodvibes
Rockcity Skatepark hasn’t closed due to a major incident, like the roof falling in or an accident or getting sued.
Rockcity is not under new management, it’s still run by the same rock climbers who listened to the needs of their friends who skated and shared some space within the climbing centre 24 years ago.
Rockcity Skatepark is not run for profit, if it was it would be open. It has been subsidised and only possible because of the climbing centre.
Climbing, Skate and BMX lived for many years in harmony, but recently there has been a lot of hate towards climbers on social media and in the skatepark which has led in part to this closure.
We are happy if Skate and BMX feel sufficiently independent now to go its own way, but we, Rockcity, are not the problem here. Eventually a good use for our space will present itself.
In January, we were invited to save Leeds Works, by our friends at City Bloc. In February we spent a month reclaiming and storing an entire skatepark that had closed suddenly (see photo), many skateparks have gone already and foolishly we felt we could do more to support skating and riding. Little did we know that only a few months later we would be on the wrong side of the line and climbing would become the enemy of skateparks.
We worked to get skateboarding accepted and included by Hull City Council, making it the UK’s only skateboard friendly city.
Its funny how in just six months everything has changed. The vandalism, damage to the ramps, the walls, the toilets, litter, abuse of staff from adults, parents and children using the skatepark. We could carry on banning people, arguing with people, stopping the fighting and generally having to be some kind of community wardens. It never used to be like this and we certainly aren’t going to carry on doing it.
We are truly grateful to those of you who came, saw and conquered our ramps and showed us genuine love at the same time.
It is shame to see it go, I skated it in its first 3 incarnations mid to late 90s, witnessed 2 sick Blueprint demos and The A-Team including Rodney’s crazy freestyle routine
Hull does have 3 more outdoor parks but not ideal heading into winter.