Located in the south-west of Scotland, half an hour outside of Glasgow, Evolution Skatepark in Stevenson is rapidly becoming one of Britain’s finest outdoor skate facilities.
With the pending addition of an entire building to cover the park to follow in the near future, Evolution is soon to become one of the few indoor concrete parks in the world. This means that this incredible facility will no longer fall victim to the merciless Scottish weather
The park boasts a ridiculous amount of features, including 3 bowls linked with spines, several quarter bowls, vert walls, banks, launch boxes, ledges and an ever expanding arsenal of grind rails in varying height and length.
However, the facility in constantly expanding and within the next twelve months will see the addition of a vert ramp, street section and wooden transitions, including a foam pit once the park is covered with a roof.
Evolution Skatepark was originally the brain-child of the NASG (North Ayrshire Skate Group) and with the help of funding from North Ayrshire Council, Children In Need, Sport Scotland and various other sponsors, the park officially opened on the 30th of July, 2005 with a skate jam featuring live bands, djs, stalls, and a best trick competition which local pro Chaz Sands attended.
Since then, Evolution Skatepark has held many events including skate partys, barbecues and even organised trips to other parks across the country in order to build a community of extreme sports rather than separating them into isolated cliques.
Despite much scepticism aimed at the park upon its opening, the local community have come to view the latest addition to their landscape as a positive influence on the youth culture in the area and it has also helped to legitimise otherwise frowned upon alternative sports. This is due to the strict running of the park, which prevents any opportunity for vandalism, violence or any other form of illegal or delinquent activity.
NASG are so committed to maintaining a safe environment for young people eager to participate in extreme sports that several measures have been taken to ensure the park remains a safe haven for its visitors. There is a perimeter fence, security cameras and an alarm system protecting the facility so that no one can break into or graffiti the park outside opening hours.
There are always at least two members of staff who are trained in first aid who are there to supervise all activities within the park to ensure there is no fighting or consumption of alcohol or drugs. This means parents can feel comfortable leaving younger children at the park for an afternoon while they attend to their daily tasks.
The park is open from 10am til 10pm seven days a week with flood lights for those late winter sessions. There is a cafe selling snacks, hot food and drinks. Also, the park has its own shop selling skates, boards, bmxs and all the essential spare parts. So in the unfortunate event of something breaking, they have everything you need to get you up and rolling again.
Entry to the park is ONLY £1 FOR AN ENTIRE DAY for non-members and ONLY 20 PENCE FOR AN ENTIRE DAY for members. That makes Evolution Skatepark one of the cheapest supervised skate parks in the world and this will never change as it is a non-profit facility. It’s cheap, it’s safe, the obstacles are infinite and the park is a regular haunt for pro skaters Chaz Sands and Joey Egan. What more reasons could you possibly need to visit?
Address : Saltcoats Road, Stevenson. (next to Harvies leisure centre)
Web : www.evolutionskatepark.org
Phone : 01294 607799
Thanks to David McNamara for the informations.