A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published March 13th 2019
Have a wheely good time at this awesome skate park
Are there any budding skater boys or girls in your family? If so, I have good news for you. There's a huge skate park in Chelsea, known as Bicentennial Skate and Youth Park, only a stone's throw from the ever-popular Bicentennial Playground. The skate park was revamped in 2017 and although the original half-pipe remains, the rest of the precinct is new and covers a large area with a variety of things to do. The best thing is that it caters to a range of ages and interests so hopefully, everyone in the family will be covered.
When we visited, on a lovely warm and sunny day, the whole area was buzzing with activity. We had armed ourselves with scooters, bikes and a basketball – and of course trusty helmets – so we were ready for anything. My eldest, at nine years old, is a basketball enthusiast so he immediately headed off to the multi-sports court. This comprises a large court with netball posts, basketball nets and soccer goals. He spent a very content half hour shooting hoops and running himself ragged.
The youngest two tried out their skills in the skate park, first on their bikes and then on their scooters. The skate park itself is sizable with one end targeted at the younger visitors and the other end offering more challenging obstacles. There's a wide variety of slopes, rails, ramps, bowls and more, all of varying heights, gradients and configurations. There was a group of pre-teens performing some very impressive tricks when we were there, which the little ones enjoyed watching as much as cruising around themselves. Click here for a full technical rundown on what the skate park offers - my knowledge of skater jargon is limited!
There are lots of different elements incorporated in the skate park
Other facilities here include a water fountain complete with a tap to refill bottles, an undercover area providing shade, and plenty of seating for weary parents. There is also a DJ table which plays music when you spin the turntables. We didn't try this out, but it sounded like people were having fun with it. There aren't any toilets right in the skate park so you'll need to go over to the playground if nature calls. Speaking of the playground it's definitely worth visiting whilst you're there – it's huge! Plenty of parking is available in between the playground and the skate park.
It's sad to see there's been a lot of graffiti in the Skate and Youth Park since it opened. It's always disappointing to see facilities like this being abused; presumably sometimes by the very people, they're intended to provide for. Don't let this spoil your enjoyment, because it's a well thought out space which allows for numerous fun activities and is well worth a visit – a definite improvement on sitting in front of the games console!