Vans is arguably the longest-running skatebrand around, this is why it’s not too surprising that they are continuing to support the sport and lifestyle with a new venture in the centre of London. ‘No Comply: Skate Culture and Community,’ sees Vans offer free skate lessons, pro demos, open public skate sessions and community talks all in honour of skateboarding’s inclusive creative culture.
Working with industry-leading skatepark designers and builders Betongpark, the street-inspired setup can be enjoyed by skaters of any level. Skate the Strand aims to demonstrate how skate-able architectural forms can be integrated into shared spaces and used by all, acting as a landmark for skate culture. The skatepark, as well as the accompanying events, will showcase the positive impact skateboarding can have on local communities, from mental health and well-being to enriching youth culture.
Part of Westminster City Council’s Inside Out Festival, bringing art, entertainment and culture to the streets of Westminster this summer, Skate the Strand also marks the start of an ongoing plan to pedestrianise and redevelop Strand Aldwych. The redevelopment, led by the council and its partners, sees the iconic and ancient route adapted for the 21st century to become a pedestrian-focused destination.
If you like the sound of this new temporary skate spot then make sure you head down to Strand Aldwych between the 8th and 24th of September.