This 1970s skatepark in east London just gained a Grade II listing

A 1970s concrete skatepark in east London has been awarded a Grade II listing.

English Heritage said that the park, designed by Adrian Rolt and G-Force, was among the best example of all the skateparks that have survived since the 1970s.

Rom Skatepark

Rom Skatepark. Image via English Heritage

“This is a milestone in the history of skateboarding and in the designation of sporting buildings,” English Heritage wrote on its website.

The Rom, built in Hornchurch in 1978, is the first skatepark in Europe to receive such protection, and only the second in the world, after a Florida skatepark was recognised by the US National Register of Historic Places in October 2013, the BBC reports.

English Heritage designation director Roger Bowdler said: “It gives the whole idea of heritage an extra twist.”

Rom Skatepark 2

Rom Skatepark. Image via English Heritage

He added: “The Rom is the finest example in England to this aspect of youth culture, and we are delighted its special interest will be protected for future generations through listing.”

Heritage Minister Ed Vaizey said: “Its listing at Grade II is testament to its design and also highlights how the UK’s unique heritage reflects all parts of our culture and history.”

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