Planz Park Skatepark Build pushes Forward

With a Memorial Day targeted grand opening, the crew is blazing through the skatepark build at Planz Park in Bakersfield, California.  The earthwork is now substantially complete – with the cut & fill balanced, elevations shaped and the bowl excavated. After framing and rebar, our ACI-certified shotcrete nozzleman Mark Bradford placed concrete in the bowl and led the crew in … FULL POST »

Final Design for Planz Park Skatepark in Bakersfield

After a period of site investigation and analysis and public design charrettes with the local action sports community, we’ve finalized the design and construction drawings for a new concrete skatepark at Planz Park in the City of Bakersfield, California. The final design features a mellow beginner-intermediate bowl and a wide array of street-inspired features like steps, handrails and benches.  Our … FULL POST »

Copper Sky Skate Plaza – Maricopa, Arizona

Spohn Ranch design/build of a non-fenced, fully-lit skate plaza at the Copper Sky Recreation Complex in Maricopa, Arizona. Opens to the public on 3/15, but we hooked up our friend Matt Price (and his crew) with a sneak-preview session this past week. This desert oasis looks like a blast! All photos by Matt Price Skatepark Address: Corner of Bowlin Road … FULL POST »

The Top 6 Benefits of Public Skateparks

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 »

Expansion of Orizaba Skatepark in Long Beach

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 »

How To Choose a Great Skatepark Site

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 »

Owensboro, Kentucky Skatepark Build Moves Ahead

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 »

Skatepark Design Workshop in Bakersfield, CA

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 »

Bend, Oregon Skatepark Build Pushes Forward

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.    

SKATE SPOT AT MARTINEZ PLAYGROUND IN BROOKLYN, NY

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 »