Art in the skatepark

Enfield artist Shay Press is leading on a collaborative art project

A survey is open for people to give their views on the project

The welcome board at Edmonton Skatepark reads: “This is your facility.”

Some of you may be familiar with the skatepark – officially called the A10 Wheeled Sports Facility – that sits next to the dual carriageway dividing Enfield and Edmonton. But few people are aware of Enfield Council’s art programme to revamp and improve the park for its users.

As a local street artist, I have been visiting the site for the past few weeks and months getting to know the skaters and users of the park. Often I see the same faces, and sometimes some new ones, but always of interest to me is the range of ages and abilities that visit the park on a regular basis.

Despite the somewhat awkward location of the site, there exists a genuine sense of community and openness among the park users. It is this community element that is at the forefront of the mural project.

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Having documented the skaters and BMXers of the park, and developed an understanding of the skating culture and its users, I’m opening the project to the wider community for a chance to get involved. Graffiti-style banners have been dotted around Enfield parks (Town, Broomfield, Bush Hill) that advertise the mural project and include a QR link to the online survey.

The survey asks people what kind of art they would they like to see at the skatepark and whether they would be interested in joining a ‘live mural’ event in April. So please complete the survey to express your thoughts and ideas for the project.

After all, as a member of the Enfield community, this is your facility too.

Take part in the online survey on the skatepark mural project:

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