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Rom Skatepark receives grant from Heritage Lottery Fund to celebrate 40th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 May 2018

Rom skate park, Honchurch

Rom skate park, Honchurch

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A skatepark which was the first in Europe to be given listed status, has received thousands of pounds worth of funding to celebrate its 40th anniversary.


The owner of Rom Skatepark is concerned it will close due to lack of business The owner of Rom Skatepark is concerned it will close due to lack of business

Rom Skatepark, Upper Rainham Road, Hornchurch, has just received £59,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its new exciting project Rom Skatepark: Celebrating 40 years of Rad.

The project, which will run for one year starting this month, will focus on the history of the skatepark as well as its fans over the past four decades.

Skatepark custodian John Greenwood said: “We are thrilled to have received support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project will go some ways in keeping Rom relevant to many people, while introducing it’s unique environment to an entirely new generation and audience.”

From a two-day celebratory BMX and Skate Jam and the production of a new documentary film, to skate deck building and design workshops and a two week exhibition at Havering Museum next year, there is plenty of plans in place to commemorate the special occasion.

English Heritage granted the skatepark Grade II listed status in 2014, to protect the site due to it being “the best and most completely preserved of a small number of purpose-built skateparks to survive from the early years of British skateboarding”.

The 8,000m skatepark was designed by Adrian Rolt and G-Force in the 1970s, including features such as moguls, a performance bowl, slalom run and halfpipe.

It is deemed to be one of the oldest skateparks anywhere in the world.

As part of the celebrations, there will also be multiple opportunities for volunteers throughout the summer and those behind the skatepark are encouraging as many people as possible to get in touch to really bring the park alive.

Agency East, a Community Interest Company (CIC) that specialises in delivering projects that have a positive impact on business and communities, is also helping to put together the next 12 months’ worth of celebrations.

To find out more, visit romskatepark.co.uk

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