1. SKATEPARKS REDUCE ILLICIT BEHAVIOR The myth surrounding skateparks is that they are a breeding ground for crime and other illicit activities. While there will be an occasional “bad seed”, providing designated spaces for positive activities is the best way to curb unlawful behavior among youth. When youth having nothing to do or nowhere to go – that is when … FULL POST
In 2011, as part of a larger renovation project at Orizaba Park, Spohn Ranch collaborated with the City of Long Beach and a local landscape architecture firm to design and construct a small skate spot. Both the budget and design canvas presented to Spohn Ranch were small, but we made the most of the space and local skateboarders were eternally grateful … FULL POST
A skatepark is only as good as the site that it’s located within. And because a skatepark’s site is so critical to the ongoing success of the facility, finding the perfect one can often be one of the most arduous parts of the skatepark development process. If you know the right qualities to strive for however, the site selection stage … FULL POST
The City of Owensboro selected Spohn Ranch earlier this year via an RFP process among the nation’s top six design/build teams for a large skatepark development, including extensive site remediation and sports lighting. Since then, we’ve engaged in a thorough and collaborative design process, engaging with local skaters to design and engineer the best solutions for a site hampered by … FULL POST
The City of Bakersfield, CA recently selected Spohn Ranch via an RFP process among the nation’s top six design/build teams for a new, state-of-the-art skatepark at Planz Park. The first design workshop is next week! We’ll be meeting with local skateboarders to solicit their input on the style of park that best suits their needs. Construction is scheduled to begin … FULL POST
The final concrete pours in Bend, Oregon are going down this week as the Spohn Ranch crew races against mother nature and the cold temps that are creeping in. The crew is also hard at work installing locally-salvaged boulders that will give skaters a unique riding experience as they transition between concrete and natural stone.
We recently collaborated with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to transform a flat strip of asphalt at the Martinez Playground in Brooklyn into a neighborhood skate spot. Making the most of a limited budget, a once under-utilized space is now home to a number of sculptural skate elements and has become a thriving destination for New … FULL POST
While an official grand opening date is yet to be announced, the Spohn Ranch crew has wrapped up our portion of construction and is now moving onto the next project. When the surrounding landscaping and amenities are complete, this park is going to be packed with skateboarders from all over Northern California.
Stopped by our recently completed design/build project in Elizabeth, New Jersey while on East Coast trip. Skated the park, met some amazing people and also got a few stunning aerial views. From up above, the architectural finesse of the design really shines.
Skateboarders in Colton, California made due with just a flat bar and beat-up wood quarter-pipe for many years before the City finally appropriated funding to renovate the park earlier this year. While the budget was limited, we worked to with the local skateboarding community to design new concrete elements that would be seamlessly integrated into the existing slab. Last week the hard … FULL POST