Gibson City, Illinois’ skatepark will break ground in September and become a permanent tribute to the life and spirit of former alderman Ed Day who tragically passed away in 2017.
After noticing a group of skateboarders frequently gather outside one of his properties, Ed’s goal was to create a safe place for Gibson City’s youth to ride and enjoy the outdoors. Unfortunately, Ed passed before he could bring his goal to fruition, but his family stepped up and began an ambitious fundraising campaign to hire Spohn Ranch’s renowned skatepark design-build team.
Our smart design makes the most of a modest budget and creates opportunities for all skill levels and riding styles. Located at Gibson City’s Lowery Park, approximately 30 minutes north of Champaign, the skatepark will feature a beginner street area, a slightly more advanced street area, an open-ended bowl with a mini-half pipe section and the State of Illinois’ first concrete pump track. We’ll also honor Ed’s love of music with a sign on the back of the vert wall in the classic AC/DC font.
In addition to handling design and engineering on the front end, Spohn Ranch’s craftsmen will be executing a turnkey construction scope including earthwork, drainage, steel fabrication, concrete, and shotcrete. Construction is expected to wrap in late October, just a few months removed from the highly-celebrated opening of the new skatepark in Deerfield, Illinois.
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