Romford

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

Map

Weather

Chance of Rain
Thursday 04/27 50%
Chance of Rain
A mix of clouds and sun this morning followed by some light rain this afternoon. High 53F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Mostly Cloudy
Friday 04/28 20%
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly cloudy. A few sprinkles possible. High 57F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Mostly Cloudy
Saturday 04/29 10%
Mostly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. Turning warmer. High 58F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.
Chance of Rain
Sunday 04/30 50%
Chance of Rain
Cloudy with periods of light rain. High 59F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Chance of Rain
Monday 05/01 50%
Chance of Rain
Overcast with rain showers at times. High 59F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Clear
Tuesday 05/02 20%
Clear
Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 61F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 05/03 10%
Partly Cloudy
Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 61F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Thursday 05/04 10%
Partly Cloudy
Partly to mostly cloudy. High 63F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Friday 05/05 20%
Partly Cloudy
Mostly cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High 62F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph.
Chance of Rain
Saturday 05/06 60%
Chance of Rain
Rain showers early with mostly cloudy conditions later in the day. High near 65F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.