Rom Skatepark to close it’s doors

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Built in 1978 the Skatepark was granted heritage status in 2014 and became the World’s Only Heritage listed skatepark

Statement from the park:

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Rom Skatepark, has after forty one years of ceaseless operation, closed it’s doors as of the 1st September 2019.

With the loss of all the indoor facilities at a devastating fire last summer, (which had a major impact on the parks’ revenue over the past twelve months) and despite receiving a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to promote the park in 2018, over the last year the park has faced an unprecedented increase in insurance costs, ridiculously high business rates (compared to similar venues) and probably the worst summer in terms of attendance figures for years.

As such the park is no longer able to remain open for the foreseeable future.

Although the park is to close it’s doors, this will only be temporary and the park will be seeking the funds to try and get the park back open again in time for Spring / Summer next year 2020.

Rom Skatepark has had a huge following and a huge fan base over the decades, not just locally but around the world. Most of the worlds biggest names in BMX and skateboarding have at some time graced the hallowed concrete of Rom, from the Godfather of BMX freestyle Bob Haro and pro rider Matt Hoffman to legendary skaters Lance Mountain and Mark Gonzales plus countless others. Not to mention the thousands of local riders who have considered Rom a second home.

There will be a number of changes to help Rom Raise money to rebuild the site. This will include a crowdfunding campaign starting in the next few weeks and auction of the unique, original street art pieces at Rom from The London Police, Ben Eine and Mr. Penfold in order to start to build up a war chest for the inevitable costs the park will face to try and open again.

We are sorry that you won’t get to ride or skate the park again and are grateful for the support you’ve given over the years, please continue to support the park in any way you can, we will be making more announcements over the coming weeks.

We will try to keep you up to date but you can find further updates on the park website at www.romskatepark.co.uk

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