Skateboarding originated in California in the late 1950s but it wasn’t until the early 1970s that the first skateboarders started shredding in the Netherlands. During the redevelopment of the Waterloo square beginning of 1977 all of a sudden Hollands’ first halfpipe appeared in between the ruins from all construction- and demolition work in that area. Skating in this halfpipe marks the starting point of the Dutch skate culture.

Nederlands' eerste halfpipe op het Waterlooplein - 1977

The first halfpipe of the Netherlands on the Waterlooplein – 1977

This skating structure was condoned especially because it was so heavily used by all rollerskating and skateboarding boys and girls. Due to the popularity of skateboarding & rollerskating several other ‘do-it-yourself’ projects appeared including the skateramps on the Bickerseiland and in Buitenveldert.

Skateboards & rollerskates became more & more popular and roller sports quickly became an integral part of youth culture from as early as the 1970’s. Nowadays the skating culture has grown bigger than ever and every city district of Amsterdam has some spaces designated to give these skaters a place to ride. Unfortunately, most of these places are of very poor quality and therefore get little or no use. Below is a comparison of Amsterdam’s 6 best skate spots.

Een korte verkenning van Amsterdams’ beste skateplekken.

Amsterdam has a reasonable amount of skate facilities but the problem remains that the quality of this infrastructure is very poor. It is better to offer only a few professional facilities instead of offering many on a local level of mediocre quality. Because Amsterdam has not one professional public skate facility this amount of skate facilities should be interpreted as a fragmentation of the skating infrastructure.

De skatebaan aan het Eerste Marnixplantsoen.

The skatepool at the Eerste Marnixplantsoen.