Romford Skatepark

To some extent, this skatepark is like Harrow, but only really in that it is one of the oldest, original 70s outdoor concrete bowl parks in England and that it is built by the same company who made Harrow. The locals see it as rather a considerable improvement on Harrow as the whole park is stepped up to the next level of gnarl. For this reason, it is known by some as the rich man’s Harrow.
As you enter the park, you will come face-to-face with the pool. Quite the centre point of the park, the pool looks deceptively easy to skate, but it is super tight and whippy.
To the left of the pool is the 6-part mogul bowl, super fun when empty and when you get the lines sussed. Behind this is the wooden ‘street section’, which is essentially a mini-ramp at the top and some flat-banks leading down, much the territory of scooters and bikes. There is also a pyramid funbox with a hubba just behind the pool. Next to the the moguls is the 12 foot deep performance bowl, which is so wide and open it lures you in. It is also, strangely, one of the easier bowls to carve round simply because of this awesome openness. The slalom run starts beside the performance bowl, on a huge, mellow flat-bank running the length of the skatepark into a bowled/banked area which has some newly added quarter-pipes and spines, making it, once again, a hotspot for BMX riders. On the other side of the slalom run is the gnarly snake run. Winding, steep and ridiculously tight, this bowl is really quite intimidating, with the lack of flat at the bottom making the lines harder to master than at the rival run in Harrow. Beyond the deep end of the run is the clover bowl, another gnarly bowl with hard-to-master lines. Then there is the old school half-pipe, a three foot extension out the top providing it with at least a foot of vert, and bowled corners at both ends making it more skate-able if carving it is all you have in mind. The is also a mini-ramp set up just past the snake-run, which has a spine, and an indoor half-pipe.
This skatepark is a multitude of transition skateboarding variety.
For your first old-school bowl park, Harrow would probably be a better option, as it is less steep and easier to skate. It is also ideal to learn the art of carving at. The Rom is much more of a shredding park. It is gnarly. This can be intimidating, but the locals here are so outrageously sick and helpful at the same time that watching them or talking to them will help you get these tough lines sussed.
Definitely a skatepark to visit, but due to the gnarly nature of these bowls, it would be strongly recommended to rack up some bowl experience before making the trip here.
Telephone: 01708 474429
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-6pm
Entry Fee: £6 for a four-hour session, £10 for the whole day. Helmets must be worn by all, these can be rented for £2 or you can bring your own.

Details

Country: United Kingdom

County: Greater London

City: Havering

Address: Upper Rainham Road

Postal Code: RM12 4ES

Description

To some extent, this skatepark is like Harrow, but only really in that it is one of the oldest, original 70s outdoor concrete bowl parks in England and that it is built by the same company who made Harrow. The locals see it as rather a considerable improvement on Harrow as the whole park is stepped up to the next level of gnarl. For this reason, it is known by some as the rich man’s Harrow.
As you enter the park, you will come face-to-face with the pool. Quite the centre point of the park, the pool looks deceptively easy to skate, but it is super tight and whippy.
To the left of the pool is the 6-part mogul bowl, super fun when empty and when you get the lines sussed. Behind this is the wooden ‘street section’, which is essentially a mini-ramp at the top and some flat-banks leading down, much the territory of scooters and bikes. There is also a pyramid funbox with a hubba just behind the pool. Next to the the moguls is the 12 foot deep performance bowl, which is so wide and open it lures you in. It is also, strangely, one of the easier bowls to carve round simply because of this awesome openness. The slalom run starts beside the performance bowl, on a huge, mellow flat-bank running the length of the skatepark into a bowled/banked area which has some newly added quarter-pipes and spines, making it, once again, a hotspot for BMX riders. On the other side of the slalom run is the gnarly snake run. Winding, steep and ridiculously tight, this bowl is really quite intimidating, with the lack of flat at the bottom making the lines harder to master than at the rival run in Harrow. Beyond the deep end of the run is the clover bowl, another gnarly bowl with hard-to-master lines. Then there is the old school half-pipe, a three foot extension out the top providing it with at least a foot of vert, and bowled corners at both ends making it more skate-able if carving it is all you have in mind. The is also a mini-ramp set up just past the snake-run, which has a spine, and an indoor half-pipe.
This skatepark is a multitude of transition skateboarding variety.
For your first old-school bowl park, Harrow would probably be a better option, as it is less steep and easier to skate. It is also ideal to learn the art of carving at. The Rom is much more of a shredding park. It is gnarly. This can be intimidating, but the locals here are so outrageously sick and helpful at the same time that watching them or talking to them will help you get these tough lines sussed.
Definitely a skatepark to visit, but due to the gnarly nature of these bowls, it would be strongly recommended to rack up some bowl experience before making the trip here.

Telephone: 01708 474429

Opening Hours: Daily 10am-6pm

Entry Fee: £6 for a four-hour session, £10 for the whole day. Helmets must be worn by all, these can be rented for £2 or you can bring your own.

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Features

Location: Outdoor - Sheltered

Feature: Skatepark - With bowls/pool

Construction: Concrete - Wood

Opening times:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
10am-2pm 10am-2pm 10am-2pm 10am-2pm 10am-2pm 10am-2pm 10am-2pm
2pm-6pm 2pm-6pm 2pm-6pm 2pm-6pm 2pm-6pm 2pm-6pm 2pm-6pm
    6pm-9pm 6pm-9pm 6pm-9pm 6pm-9pm  

(sessions: 10am-2pm, 2pm-6pm, 6pm-9pm)

Price: £7 per session or day ticket for £12

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