15 Feb 2012
The Life Saver Park that couldn't Save My Weekend Skate.
Last weekend I was all set to have a good skate at a park up in Derbyshire that is round the corner from a relative's house. I was amazed when it got built and I've only skated this Park in Wirksworth once. I remember being quietly impressed with the simple layout that puts something in every corner allowing you to keep a good flow going. Also the inclusion of a mini-ramp that is more than 3 feet tall and wooden bowled hip that makes for some fun.
Unfortunately on the Thursday night when we were due to set off up the M1 the weather reports were all about extreme weather warnings, freezing rain and 97 car crashes in the space of two hours. As soon as we decided to postpone the drive until the Friday morning it started to snow in London. Vindicated.
Either side of the M1 was like winter wonderland the whole way up. As we got closer to Derby a quick phone-call revealed that the snow had missed the Wirksworth area all together. Now I felt a bit sick as I'd left my board at home, resigned to the bad weather. My sanity remained intact though, because the week old snow had refused to melt away so it made no odds after all.
While taking these shots I noticed that qquite a few sections of surface plyu had recently been replaced others hat were marked fr replacement. So it looks like it's going to be kept in a skateable condition for a while yet, despite the Derbyshire climate.
One day I'll get to skate this little beauty again.