After seeing how engrossed F was by the skaters in Paris and his sudden interest in getting a skateboard for his fourth birthday, I thought it would be a fun free day out to take him to the local skate park with his scooter in tow. I couldn't have picked a better day, the sun was shining, magnolia trees blossomed and filled the skyline as we wandered our way down through Clifton Wood to reach the Harbour Ferry Crossing. Passing my old flat on the way brought back memories, while F ran ahead creating new ones as he explored his new surroundings. Excitedly we waited for the Ferry and exchanged our 80p to cross over the river into South Bristol and headed on foot to Dame Emily Park and the vivid graffitti covered skate park.
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Once we arrived I was immediately taken by how cool this place was, colour adorned every inch of cement, weeds pushing there way through the cracks, a raw urban jungle right there. Boys and girls* of various ages were tackling the half pipe and attempting tricks with their chosen wheels, and F watched how some of the teens were racing over the slopes with their BMX's, so eager to join in.At first I was a little nervous at letting him loose on the scooter due to how fast everyone seemed to be racing around the park, and how fearless he was at attempting slopes which I initially thought too difficult to navigate. However I was soon proven wrong on both accounts, as a small group of seven year olds made way for him to try out some slopes, while advising him on the best way to scoot.
With only a few tumbles, F happily bounded about the place, fearlessly trying to keep up with the big kids, only stopping for a sip of water before going back out. I had to physically intervene when it came to lunch, with him only agreeing to stop if we sat at the top of a ramp to eat sandwiches.
The skate park was a great way for him to test his physical abilities while also learning the rules of the playground so to speak, when to go and when to wait. For those thinking of heading down, it's not a super pretty laid out space, it's much more than that, it's owned by the kids and the community and it shows. If you're wanting a fun and free day out, grab some wheels and head down to Bedminster.
* Please note the kids at the skate park asked not to be photographed hence not appearing in these pictures.
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