Msida Skatepark


"You can slide without sticking and, therefore, you fall less, which means you hurt less," they explained, pointing to a concrete floor that did not look like the softest landing to those with two feet planted firmly on the ground.

But, yes, even the material used for the ground was apparently "softer", cushioning falls, which were less frequent because of the lack of holes too.

If the park is meant to keep kids away from bad habits, it seems to be having an effect.

"When I'm not at school, I could do six hours straight at the park," said one enthusiastic skater.

"On Saturday, I was at the park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again from 7 to 10.30 p.m.," Reuben Fenech Laudi, 14, said, pointing out that the place was lit by night.

His 17-year-old mate, who does not go to school and was frowned upon by the gang, said he was at it from 9 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. on Saturday.

One skater joked that there were too many plants but his friend interrupted to stick up for the environment. Other complaints were directed at small children who get in the way. "They do not know what they are doing and come straight at you; so it is either us or them getting hurt."