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Three Top Skate Parks You Don’t Want To Miss 6

Posted on September 07, 2013 by Paul Clough
Adrenaline Alley is one of the top indoor skate parks in the world.

Adrenaline Alley is one of the top indoor skate parks in the world.

Think of the best skate parks in the world and images of awesome skate spots over the pond will probably come to mind. Rails, ramps and concrete jungles all grinded to within an inch of their life; nothing else tops the bucket list for a skater like a US skate spot. But here in the UK we’ve got our fair share of skate parks to rival those desirable stateside locations – here are Vapourised best three that you really should visit.

Adrenaline Alley – Corby, Northamptonshire
How Adrenaline Alley came to be is a sad story with an immensely positive outcome. The owner’s son, John, had suffered as a young child with an undiagnosed brain tumor and was bullied by local louts but soon, he befriended local skaters and felt like he had found his place to fit in. He was attacked by the bullies and as a result his parents wanted to take that experience and let it drive them to create something positive. Dedicated to providing a safe and secure outlet for kids wanting to enjoy action sports without being condemned, the amazing indoor Adrenaline Alley skate park rose from the ground upwards and is continuing to expand. Sadly John died a few years ago but his legacy lives on in this 6 acre site and leads the UK in offering a ramp park, performance center, dirt jumps and a new scooter park. Read the rest of this entry →

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