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Radlands skatepark in Northampton named in UK’s top five by stunt champion

Kevin Charles said he was thrilled to see Radlands skatepark endorsed by champion Lucy Adams.

Kevin Charles said he was thrilled to see Radlands skatepark endorsed by champion Lucy Adams.

The UK’s number one female skateboarder has named Radlands skate park in Northampton as one of the top five in the country in an interview with the Guardian this week.

Four-time national champion Lucy Adams was asked to name her favourite venues in an interview with the newspaper on Friday to coincide with the launch of the new Vans Skatepark in Waterloo, London.

Radlands, based at Midsummer Meadow off Bedford Road, came out as one of the stunt expert’s favourites.

She told the Guardian: “The current concrete park, which opened in July 2012, already has a reputation as the country’s best plaza skatepark.

“It’s a huge space and full of ledges, rails, many pads, sliders, hips and banks for all varieties.”

Chairman of Northampton Skatepark Action Group, Kevin Charles, was thrilled to have the park endorsed by the champion.

He said: “A lot of effort and energy was put into making sure Radlands was one of the best plaza parks in the country.

“It seems all that effort was worthwhile.”

Radlands cost £250,000 to build and was funded by Northampton Borough Council.

It first opened in July 2012 in a bid to carry on the legacy of a renowned former indoor skate park in the town of the same name, which was constructed in 1992 in a former warehouse.

The 10,000 sq ft skate park was one of the biggest in Britain, but closed in October 2004.

An action group led by 48-year-old Mr Charles, a brand ambassador for the Vans clothing label, saw the new Radlands built after three years of campaigning.

 

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