After seeing the Fixation on Plastics thread this morning it had me remembering where I had the conversation with him about the old Sidewalk forum, and it got me thinking. It was at that flatground spot by the nice, non grockel friendly, derelict pier in Brighton. That place was amazing. Smooth tarmac, little cafe right there, sea a stones throw away to jump in when you got too hot from skating endless lines and, ( back when I still smoked pot), you could smoke weed and skate with no one hassling you. That was until that Sunsphere, (hopefully soon to be Wigsphere - Simpson’s ref, if karma and covid have anything to do with it), got the go ahead somehow and the spot was gone. That place was always a good time whenever I was in Brighton.
Similarly, Shell Centre/Jubilee Gardens/Xerox was amazing and was never the same after the bars went up and they built that stupid Ferris wheel.
Slades Farm skatepark in Bournemouth was another. My favourite park ever until the resurfacing killed any grindable lip. The addition of the path around the outside was cool, but the funbox add ons sucked. I loved that place in it’s heyday.
If I could have three spots rolled into one and only be allowed to skate those from now until eternity it would be those three, (sea included of course). There are a few others from overseas but if it’s just UK spots, it’s those no question.
Does anyone else have a favourite spot that holds fond memories, that you wish you could still skate, that is lost and gone forever for whatever reason?