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Grit scooters pro rider Soly Bloomfield shares with us his pick of the local parks in the Bristol area.
Horfield Skate Park is home to some very talented locals and is one of the most popular outdoor parks in Bristol. The park is around about five years old and is a smooth concrete park that includes a big volcano and then straight to quarter which is great for fly out.
Horfield also has two little down rails one after the other, one is round and the other one is flat in manufacture, in the middle of the set-up there is a big three set with a ledge and flat bank either side. There is a stair set and this has a huge grind rail which gives any rider street points and that all important swag factor. A flat bank with two quarters at either side allows riders to do transfer tricks added to this a little extension to the quarter pipe in the corner of the park that is good for boosting and gaining that extra bit of height and speed
Pro’s – The Skate Park has lights that shut off at a sensible hour, around 9pm, so you will be able to have a good session with your friends when darkness falls. The quarters are the perfect height and steepness and the copings are not too fat and they are well sunk into the quarters. The construction of the park is high quality and the concrete has not shown it aged and seems to be standing the test of time and high usage, good lines and has a good flow to it.
Con’s – There is quite a lot of graffiti on the concrete which makes it a little slippery, the grind rail on the stairs set it quite big which means you would have to be an experienced rider to grind it. There is no jump box!
Filton Skate Park is a Concrete Park and it has been around for 5 years and is owned and managed by Filton Town Council, Not the most busiest of parks in Bristol but attract a group of regulars that can often be seen using the Park most days, during the day the park is usually empty and you can get a really good ride in when most are at School.
The park features a bowl with a surrounding street run, starting with a grind box then a down rail and then a flat bank at the end, featuring a little tight quarter which is really fun to ride but can be a challenge to ride.
Pro’s – The street section is really fun and the ground is really smooth. The down rail is a perfect height and length and it is a good rail to learn new grinds and combos on. The bowl is really fun, it has a good line to it which you can really get some speed for the hip in the bowl. The copings are sunk well into the bowl.
Con’s – Some kids stand at the edge of the grind box so sometimes you would have to wait quite a while just use it. The bowl is really bumpy in some places that could put you off when you are about to do a trick. There is always rubbish in the bottom of the bowl and in the winter the grass around the park gets really muddy and makes the ramps dirty and slippery.
Motion Ramp Park
Motion Skate park building has a lot of history to it, it originally was a Marble factory, and also house a parcel sorting depot, in the grounds of the premises it also housed a scrap yard. The first Skate Park to open there was Sk8 and Ride back in in the early to mid 90’s
The skate park used to be in a different part of the building, in fact the original skatepark is now the famous Motion Nightclub that still to this day has the original 9ft still fitted at the rear.
Now known as Motion Ramp Park it is Bristol’s biggest indoor skatepark, it has two rooms, a street room and the big room.
The big room consist of a six foot spine with six foot quarters either side, two big jump boxes with a 11ft quarter on one side and a 12ft the other.
Behind the 11ft quarter there is a foam pit with a huge roll-in. The street room has a low but long down rail with two ledges either side, a mini ramp with a mini vert wall and a grind box that goes down either way. Debbie and Abi are always welcoming to all, they need a knighthood for just putting up with me !
Pro’s – Both of the boxes have a perfect take off which gives you enough height to clear them. The spine is really fun to ride and the quarters are perfect to do boosts or air tricks. The down rail in the street is perfect so there is no need to wax it. All of the staff are really cool and they always keep the park clean and always have time to have a chat with the riders, parents and guests. The shop is always well stocked and they have a wide variety of goods, there is enough sweets and fizzy drinks even make me feel sick !
Con’s – When the park is busy, a lot people stand on the box and they can get in the way and there is always a lot of snaking. The car park is a little on the small side and can sometimes be a bit of a struggle in and out at session change overs, but most wait on the road outside.
During term time the park is closed on Mondays and Fridays and would be good to be open every night !