We are working to improve the public perception of skating in the city, consulting with the council to provide more and improve existing skateable places, and we are creating new skateable places ourselves.

Most of these projects are work in progress, pending approval / demolition from the council / university, so to stay up to date and give your input please join Cam Skate.

  1. DIY: Fieldstation Skatepark
  2. DIY: Long Road skatepark
  3. Proposal: Parkside Skate Plaza
  4. Proposal: Car Park Skatepark

DIY: Fieldstation Skatepark

A community-led skatepark and garden on neglected land, built by the skaters of Cambridge.

Now under threat of closure from the University and Eddington Estate Management, Cam Skate formed out of the fight to save the park. An open letter to the University defends the existence of the park and offers a way that the skaters and land owners could move forward together.

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While we've expanded our focus to the whole of Cambridge we are still fighting to save the park. If you would like to support the park please sign our petition and join Cam Skate.

DIY: Long Road Skatepark

Our second attempt at a DIY skatepark, following the same same formula as before.

Again built on neglected land and with recycled materials, Long Road Skatepark had a short but happy life before being unexpectedly bulldozed on a Tuesday morning.

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Building the bank

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The completed bank

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Skate ledge

If you'd like to help and can suggest a suitable spot for our next DIY please get in touch at hello@cam-skate.co.uk! If you'd like to register a complaint please consider supporting skateboarding in Cambridge.

Want to show your support for DIY skateparks? Join Cam Skate!

Proposal: Parkside Skate Plaza

Regenerate the well-located but poorly-equipped Donkey Common Skatepark.

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  1. Remove the temporary, substandard skate ramps at Donkey Common.
  2. Repave the area, maintaining existing and planting more trees.
  3. Construct a small number of simple, relatively low-cost skateable items.
  4. Leave most of the space free and encourage local skaters to construct their own DIY skateable items.

This would be a trial of a more city-integrated and community-led way of developing skateable places. We are following in the footsteps of existing projects such as The Bear Pit in Bristol, and Born Skateplaza in Barcelona.

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Donkey Common Skatepark

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The Bear Pit, Bristol

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Born Skateplaza, Barcelona

Show your support by joining Cam Skate to show the council that this project is worth pursuing.

Proposal: Car Park Skatepark

Provide a skateable place in Cambridge that can be used over winter.

Car parks are already a Cambridge skater's only option during winter due to early nights and wet parks. What is it that makes them great for skating?

  1. Already feature lights.
  2. Protected from the rain.
  3. Plenty of space and smooth concrete.
  4. Covered, but still outdoor with airflow which is safer in a pandemic.

Coronavirus and the general decline of in-person shopping makes repurposing these areas a good use of existing resources. We propose a trial of using this space as a temporary skatepark over winter.

60 parking spaces would be more than enough room for this. According to a Cam Skate FOI request, there were only 4 days in the last >2 years (774 days) where the Grafton East car park had less than 60 spaces available. 200 spaces? 40 days. We have the space to do this.

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Grafton East level 8A entrance ramp

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Parking spaces

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View from the entrance ramp

Show your support by joining Cam Skate to show the council that this project is worth pursuing.