Mysterious leak in Stoke Newington’s brand new skate park

Clissold Park’s skaters and bikers have been left frustrated that their brand new bowl is “mysteriously” leaking water.

Clissold Park’s skaters and bikers have been left frustrated that their brand new bowl is “mysteriously” leaking water.

After initial joy that the skatepark had finally opened in April, as part of Clissold Park’s �9m redevelopment, it has sprung a leak after this month’s prolonged spell of rain.

Water is seeping up into the bowl through all the joins, so whenever it rains heavily or the grass is given a prolonged watering the water starts to run through the bowl.

The wetness is making the “wheels park” impossible to use because skaters and bikers cannot grip or turn with wet wheels – a problem confounded by the slippery paint used by the council to cover over graffiti, they claim.


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John Flood design engineer from freestyle Skateparks who designed the bowl said the whole thing was “a bit of a mystery,” and something they had never seen after designing around 30 such parks.

“We don’t know where it’s coming from because the water table is not an issue,” he said.

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“It’s not coming up from the deepest part of the bowl, and we wouldn’t have been able to build it if there was ever going to be a problem with water.

“You can visually see it, it’s entering the bowl from a place where it shouldn’t be. It’s not rain water that’s left in the bowl, because that’s linked to the drainage systems.”

Jonathan McShane, cabinet member for health, social care and culture said: “The contractors are monitoring the water that appears in the bowl after it rains to find a solution as quickly as possible.”

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