Groundbreaking Set For New Eagle Pass Skatepark

A once desolate space underneath US Highway 277, in the City of Eagle Pass, Texas will soon be the home to a 8,500 square foot concrete skatepark. If you’re not familiar with Eagle Pass, it sits directly on the cusp of the Texas-Mexico border, separated by the Rio Grande.

After years of behind-the-scenes advocacy. the project kicked into high gear when Spohn Ranch hosted a public skatepark design workshop in July of 2017. Engaging with the local skateboard community provided valuable input that directly shaped the skatepark design and ensures decades of success.

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In addition to our role as skatepark designer, Spohn Ranch was also selected as the City’s skatepark builder – with a turnkey scope including stormwater management, earthwork, concrete/shotcrete, steel fabrication and an asphalt parking lot.

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Siting the skatepark under a highway was a smart decision for several reasons:

  • Overhead covering from the highway keeps the skatepark shaded and cool on hot summer days.
  • On rainy days, the concrete stands a strong chance of staying dry.
  • The space sat under-utilized for decades and was not inviting to traditional amenities. Skateboarders, on the other hand, aren’t picky!

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The final skatepark design is transition-heavy by request of local skateboarders, featuring a 5-7′ bowl with Tedder Stone pool coping (a favorite of professional skateboarders) and smaller quarter-pipes lining the entire skatepark. Street elements like rails, stairs and hubba ledges are artfully woven into the design, complementing transitions without cramping them.

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for December 18th and the skatepark build is scheduled to be complete, weather dependent, in March of 2018. Stay tuned for updates!

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