Hangup Zine 1: Empire Skatepark Essex | by Paul Jackson

  • Hangup Zine 1: Empire Skatepark | by Paul Jackson

    I’ve been a regular visitor to skater owned Empire Skate Park since Lewis and Harry took over the business in Colchester, Essex back in 2013. Harry and Lew are good friends of mine and the locals are as friendly and enthusiastic as any scene I’ve experienced with some real talent in Jake Bolt, Toby Gozzett, Elliot Simmons and Jordan Thackeray.

     This little unit at the back of a business estate holds not only an ever-evolving, flowing park and shop, but also a dedicated skate-loving team of staff and helpers that help to keep the local Essex scene buzzing and involve themselves in educational projects in the local area. Every year the Lords Of The Swords Videos Premier Night and Awards Night are hosted by the park and the park always enter a team. They hold jams throughout the year with bags of prizes and run school holiday skate camps and coffee mornings. 

     Wednesday’s Skate Night is usually heavy with gnarly skaters of all ages with regular sightings of Mark Munson, Mark Radden, Carl Wilson and visiting groups from all over the country.

     2014’s Real Skateboards Crash-Up Derby Tour passing through with Justin Brock, Davis Torgesson, Jed Cullen and Robbie Brockel giving a heavy demo to a 200 strong excited and very loud crowd was so sick and the Halloween, Christmas and LOTS Parties are always legendary.

    Elliott Simmons uses the power of Christ to glide across the channel, Frontside Bluntslide

     The park consists of a 4 foot mini with 5 foot extentions on one end, a 3 foot micro upstairs and a concrete floored park with a roll-in and jump box leading to an 8 foot vert wall with a door gap on one side. A driveway with a hubba, a kinked flat bar, an up/down hand rail on one side and a coverable grass gap and flat bank hip on the end. There’s a concrete bowl corner hipped to an 8 foot steep flat bank on one side and a long 4 foot tranny/flat bank running down the entire side of the park. And there’s a new 10 inch high, 6 foot long granite edged ledge built into the middle of the long bank. Transitions fill in the gaps ranging from 4 foot to 6 foot.

    Work continues on the skate only outdoor concrete bowl complex which is due to be finished in the spring and hopefully open to the public in the summer. 


    Empire Skate Park,

    Unit H,

    Global Park,




    CO1 2TJ

    01206 615840


    Mark Munson Nosegrind Tailgrabs over the door with probable ease, he can also do them no grab...