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Skateparks of 2011: Year in Review

As 2011 winds to a close, we wanted to share a few of our favorite municipal projects from the past year. While the special event work we do is insanely fun, there is literally no better feeling than watching a community and a brotherhood form around a permanent structure that you created.

Many of our projects that came to fruition in 2011 were hard-fought journeys, several years in the making. After years of skaters being ticketed, kicked out and constantly told “NO”, we feel truly honored in helping communities across the US stand up and finally say “Yes!” to skateboarding.

We want to give a big thank you to all of our friends, family and partners who helped make 2011 such a special year. Looking forward to continuing the ride in 2012!

North Laurel Community Skatepark – North Laurel, Maryland

Watching footage of kids flowing through this park is what makes all of our hard work so worthwhile. 12,000 square feet of skateable terrain, a host of skateable boulders and flow for days!

Phillips Park Skate and BMX Park – Aurora, Illinois

Dubbed the “gnarliest” skatepark in the suburbs of Chicago, this park combines 8,000 square feet of plaza terrain, 4,000 square feet of BMX transition and flowing spectator berms to create a truly unique action sports space.

Prairie Side Skate Plaza – Oregon, Illinois

Only 6,500 square feet, but this park’s innovative layout, architectural aesthetic and vibrant landscaping make it one of the most modern skateboarding spaces in the state of Illinois.

Marina Park Skatepark – Titusville, Florida

It’s hard to find a better setting for a skatepark than the coast of Florida. The waterfront views, colored concrete and open air feeling all come together to create a vibrant public space – arguably the most intriguing and visually-striking part of a new recreational complex.

McBride Skatepark – Long Beach, California

95% complete, this highly-anticipated park will officially open in early 2012. A 10+ year client, the City of Long Beach understood the positive impact of skateparks very early on and has been supporting skateboarding ever since with quality skateparks like this.

 Hansen Dam Skatepark – Los Angeles, California

Another 10+ year client and 95%-er, this park is awaiting some final landscaping before it will open in 2012. 8,800 square feet of terrain, a unique flow bowl and a strong use of street-inspired granite and brick!

Fergusson Park Skatepark – Rialto, California

Made possible by the persistence of a local family with multiple generations of skateboarders, this 16,000 square foot park has been finished for a few months now, but is awaiting the completion of other park improvements before it will be officially shreddable.

Red Mountain Adventure Park – Woodland Park , Colorado

In a state known for its outdoor recreation, we couldn’t just build any old skatepark, we had to bring something special to the table. The end result – 24,000 square feet of concrete bowls, plazas and skillfully shaped BMX dirt jumps!

Thompson Park Skatepark – The Dalles, Oregon

In 2011 we wrapped up the 7,500 square foot phase 1 with a tight budget, made possible with donated materials and services from the City and local contractors. On a Dew Tour trip to Portland, the park’s co-designer Vince Onel got a first-hand feel for the park.

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