5 Iconic Skate Spots That Got Destroyed (in Europe)
Here we have a handful of the most well-known spots in Europe that have unfortunately been given a permanent bust, most of them have either been destroyed or had modifications made so they can not be skated anymore. With many of these spots, the modifications were made in order to prevent skating and in fact, skaters used it to their advantage in any way possible, of course, this annoyed authorities and pushed them over the edge.
1. THE RED HUBBAS, LYON.
There have been countless sessions at this famous spot. To this day, people still ask to be taken to it, but it no longer exists. This is an absolute classic, most of you will probably recognize them from such skate DVD’s as flip sorry, Osiris subject to change and many of French Fred’s clips including his latest hard drive clean out featuring Arto Saari, Rodrigo TX, Ali Boulala, Geoff Rowley, Paul Machnau, Bastien Salabanzi, Mark Appleyard, and many others.
2. MACBA 4 BLOCK, BCN.
Macba 3 block did indeed used to be a 4 block, if you look back on any footage from there in the early 2000s, you’ll be able to see that there is another block sitting at the bottom. Thrasher did make a contest in 2019 where they managed to rebuild the fourth step and then they had everyone kill it!
The spot is still there and you are able to skate it in the daytime, however, I class it as a bust just because the original form has been messed with and the 4th step seems like a game-changer for the height measurements.
3. TOM PENNY BANK, LYON.
This is a legendary spot that you may recognize from the timeless Tom Penny footage that was gifted to us where he's skating lines and shredding the bank with effortless style and amazing consistency. This spot was skated by many other riders before and since then, but a lot of it was the pure inspiration that viewers got when they saw any Tom Penny footy.
4. DOMPLATTE, COLOGNE.
The space around Cologne’s famous world cultural heritage Cathedral, the “Domplatte“, once used to be Germany’s first and best plaza spot. Throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s the large marble square in the heart of the river Rhein metropolis used to be the German equivalent of EMB – an epicentre of skate culture. This place had different sized, long (and rather high) ledges, stairs, banks, and large open spaces of the perfect floor.
Eventually, the skaters had part ways. Yet, as compensation for their loss, a group of locals managed to arrange the building of prestigious KAP686 – tailored 100% to their demands, a skatepark, but by no means a perfect replacement for the ambience and cultural significance of a street spot. However, KAP86 was far from the worst trade in for worn-out ledges and run-ins with random morons discovered in Dom plaza... Just another stage in the development of skate spots.
5. BRISTO SQUARE, EDINBURGH.
Britto Square was redeveloped and made into the skateable Mecca we know it as in 1983, with no apparent foresight on the part of the University of Edinburgh for the steadily growing number of skaters drawn to its open space and surrounding ledges. It wasn't long before it became the centre for skateboarding in Edinburgh. This soon came to an end as the council decided to demolish and redevelop in 2015.