But by the end of 1979 this new skateboard craze was apparently over, and so Rom sat empty apart from a few hard core ‘weirdos’ on wooden things with wheels….still skating. With more staff than customers, and racks of rental pads, helmets and boards gathering dust, the future of Rom was undetermined, then nearly flattened for a Tesco supermarket. Until a keen sportsman and astute business man, John Greenwood Snr, saw the potential in the future of skateboarding and rollerskating and left his secure business behind and put all he had into making a viable sports wholesale business. Rom Skates Ltd was at the front in supplying boards trucks and bearings to the south east U.K skateboard scene while keeping the park open for use, and available for the next generation of skaters.
The 15 foot Performance Bowl at Rom was also based on an American prototype, this time it was the ‘Vertibowl’ at Skatepark Paramount in California where the sunken section was heightened by a purely vertical 4.5 foot wall rising above the ground. This wall has since been removed but the performance is still one of the most impressive bowls at Rom.
In addition to this there is the fantastic looking Snake Run and Four Leaf Clover Bowl. Both in themselves great bowls and some of the transfers between the two are amazing photos to see.
Just beside the clover is the Concrete Halfpipe which has also had some of the 4.5 foot wall taken down for easier access and airing out. The highest and lowest part of Rom is the “Slalom run and Reservoir” with all its banks hips and lines is a real pleasure to skate.
Help us keep the Rom flame burning. Skate and Ride hard!