A London skatepark has received heritage status making it the first of its kind to receive such recognition in Europe. Elly Park reports.
This London skatepark has received listed status, the same protection associated with historical buildings such as the Houses of Parliament or Westminster Abbey. It's because of the park's cultural significance says Veronica Fiorato of English Heritage. SOUNDBITE: Veronica Fiorato, English Heritage, saying (English) "It's not about getting hip, it's about recognising what's special nationally and this is modern but it is part of our sporting heritage and requires that recognition in the same way that say Lords or Wimbledon has." The Rom skatepark was designed by Adrian Rolt and G-Force in 1978, and has been frequented by biker Richard Duggins ever since. SOUNDBITE: Bmx Cyclist Richard Duggins, saying (English) "Well, I was actually over here on the day the park opened. My dad brought me over and it was just mind bugging. So I think it's fantastic that it's been given a listing, definitely." The Rom skatepark is the first of its kind to get protection in Europe. It's only the second skateboard scene worldwide to achieve listed status - after the Bro Bowl in Tampa, Florida, which was added to the USA's National Register of Historic Places in 2013.