Hornchurch skatepark celebrates 40th anniversary with Hardline event remembering park’s history

PUBLISHED: 14:58 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:59 30 August 2018

The Rom skate park has been given Grade II listed status

The Rom skate park has been given Grade II listed status


A skatepark which was the first in Europe to be given listed status will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special lifestyle event.

Rom skate park, HonchurchRom skate park, Honchurch

Rom Skatepark in Upper Rainham Road will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a daytime event, Hardline on Sunday, September 9 from 11am-7pm.

Paul Welch, film maker Matt Harris and a group of residents and lifelong riders at the park organised Hardline with the aim of remembering the history of the park which has long been home to boarding and BMX.

Hardline will feature artwork by artists including Ryan Roadkill, Lola Black Heart and Skate Interiors and apparel such as Custom Lids, Fast House UK, Premier Helmets and Deus Ex Machina.

Paul said: “The Hardline event at Rom will put a spotlight on the park’s unique history and culture of this lifestyle.

Rom skate park, HonchurchRom skate park, Honchurch

“With the help of an eclectic mix of motorcycle enthusiasts, skaters, BMX riders moto crossers, art, apparel designers, barbers and lifestyle gurus, this is going to be the ultimate day out for all with a passion for sub-culture.”

The 40th anniversary will also be documented by Matt Harris who will continue to explore the history of the park and the innovative individuals who frequented it since 1978 to the present day.

Black Moth Barbers, Mr Mullans Apothecary Studio and Aimless by Amepearce will also be attending the event.

Visitors are invited to come for a ride and take part in the raffle on the day.

The Rom skatepark gained Grade II listing in 2014 and secured funds from a lottery grant for redevelopment as an open space.

This will help the park to continue to create awareness for future generations and inspire more community events at the park.

Designed by Adrian Rolt and G-Force in 1978, the skatepark is one of the few parks to have survived from the 1970s.

It is only the second skatepark in the world to receive Grade II listing, the first being Bro Bowl in Tampa, Florida in 2013.

Krazy Horse Custom Motorcycles, SlickWilies Skate Shop and The Underdog Gallery are sponsoring the event.

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