Skatepark Building in Fairfield, Iowa

Our skatepark build in Fairfield, Iowa wrapped a few weeks ago. After a “quality control” session from the build crew, they packed their tools and hit the road for new projects in California and Maryland. At first glance it would appear this project wasn’t uniquely different from all of the others, but something about the way this skatepark touched the … FULL POST »

Skatepark in Niles, Illinois officially open!

We’re excited to announce that as of Friday 10/24, the skatepark at Washington Terrace Park in Niles, Illinois is officially open! The skatepark project began four years ago when a group of Niles high school students launched a Facebook petition urging Village officials to consider building a public skatepark. It took some serious convincing, but all concerns about the skatepark … FULL POST »

Skatepark Construction is a wrap in Eagle River, Alaska

When it comes to skateparks, the State of Alaska could be considered “behind the times”. With only a handful of skateparks across the entire State, most of which are sparse collections of wood or metal ramps, skateboarders are faced with limited options for progressing their skills. Will Ingram, owner of Anchorage-based skate shop Zak’s Boardroom, summarized the state of skateboarding … FULL POST »

SKATEPARK BUILD IN FAIRFIELD, IOWA NEARS FINISH LINE

Our skatepark design/build project in Fairfield, Iowa is nearing completion this week. With just a few more concrete pours left to go, the City of Fairfield will announce a soft opening in the next couple of weeks. An official grand opening celebration will happen in the spring of 2015 when the weather is nicer and the landscaping around the skatepark … FULL POST »

New Orleans First Public Skatepark Complete

The story of New Orleans’ first public skatepark can’t be told without mentioning the Red Bull Mississippi Grind. The RBMG event series centered around a skateable barge that floated down the Mississippi River from St. Paul, MN to New Orleans, Louisiana, stopping at port cities along the way to host competitions and demos. After the final stop in New Orleans, … FULL POST »

West Allis, Wisconsin Skate Plaza Project Underway

Before designing the Milwaukee-area’s first modern skate plaza, our work for the City of West Allis involved a thorough site selection process where we analyzed locations throughout the community – examining accessibility, environmental impact and design canvas. When Radtke Park was selected, we pursued a green approach by working around trees and contouring the skateable terrain to the site’s natural … FULL POST »

Gillette, Wyoming Skatepark Complete!

Before designing Northeast Wyoming’s first modern skateboarding landscape, our work for Campbell County involved a thorough site selection process where we analyzed locations throughout the community – examining accessibility, environmental impact and design canvas.  When the 4J Road site was selected, we injected input from local skateboarders into the design of a state-of-the-art space. A winding pathway leads users from … FULL POST »

Park 553 – Chicago, Illinois Under Construction

We’re excited to announce that our latest Illinois design/build project is officially under construction at Park 553 in Chicago.  The skatepark is one component of a 21 acre brownfield redevelopment in one of the City’s most park poor communities. The design is the result of close collaboration with landscape architect Smith Group JJR and the skateboarders of Little Village – … FULL POST »

Monitor Park Skatepark – Los Angeles, California

Our latest Los Angeles skatepark design/build project, a collaboration with EPT Design and the Trust for Public Land, is nearing completion at Monitor Park in Watts. We recently invited the DVS Skateboarding pro team out to the park for a sneak preview session and a little “quality control testing”. Professional skateboarders Torey Pudwill, Daewon Song, Paul Shier, Cooper Wilt, Jordan Maxham and a … FULL POST »

New “Skate Dot” flourishes in La Grange, Illinois

Conventional thinking used to say that skateparks required large rectangular plots of land, with fences and large buffers from other park amenities and activities. Spohn Ranch is proud to take a leading role in changing that way of thinking with innovative skateboarding spaces that are integrated directly into the heart of a park landscape.   When space comes at a … FULL POST »