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Background

Dundee has long been a visible focus of skateboarding in the UK, with squatted, ad hoc parks springing up in derelict industrial buildings and waste grounds. In the early 1990's, one of the these indoor parks, sited in a disused jute mill, became known as 'The Factory.' It attracted visiting skateboarders from all over the UK, and sometimes much further a field. It was legendary. There is not enough room here to name all the skaters who visited the place; some of whom are internationally known 'household name' pros today. Some a bit more obscure, perhaps now faded, but truly radical in their prime. Of course, the local community that grew up around it was the most important thing of all, and that was when 'local' meant most of Scotland.

'The Factory' evolved and shifted venues over the years as the city developed its major brown field sites. The original is now the site of a medical centre, another site is now home to Dundee Contemporary Arts, a world-class public art gallery. The current incarnation of The Factory is no longer a squatted, unlit affair. It's run as a business, and cleanly housed in a newly constructed building on the edge of the city.

Some would question the logic of investing in an outdoor concrete park, in Scotland. Especially as there is an indoor facility (The Factory) within the city limits. Any skater of even minor experience will tell you (If not in these words) ; the two parks will fulfill different roles, and functionally compliment the other.

The basic fact is, skateboarding is too much of an outdoors activity to be cooped up for long. Back in the day, if given the choice; even compared with the best of the old 'Factories,' which contained some of the best ramps anywhere in Scotland (and possibly the UK) at the time, Livingston, a concrete skatepark 60 miles away, was ALWAYS going to win out as the choice of session venues... IF it was sunny.

Now, I admit it may not be technically true today, for archane statistical reasons, beyond my ken, but for many years Dundee held the record for being the sunnniest city in Scotland. Even if this is partially wishfull urban myth, I'll bet it's still close.

To cut a long story shorter, Dundee has deserved a concrete park for a long time, and now it has one.

Stop reading this and come ride it!