The Dan Dever Memorial Skatepark is scheduled to break ground in Othello, Washington next month. The skatepark is named in honor of the City Councilman who spearheaded the project and passionately advocated for Othello’s skateboarding youth until his passing in May of 2014.
Spohn Ranch was selected as the skatepark designer in late 2014, due largely in part to our reputation for blending street and transition-style terrain and balancing between all skill levels. Our skatepark design process involved geotechnical analysis, public outreach meetings, conceptual design, fundraising support, construction documents and civil engineering.
With no existing drain lines at Lions Park to tie into, we engineered a sub-surface drainage system with area drains and a dry well to capture stormwater runoff and strategically percolate into the soil below.
While compact at only 6,000 square feet, the final skatepark design features a 4-7.5’ bowl area with a spine, waterfall and corner extension. The bowl feeds into an efficient street course featuring an a-frame, double set and mix of straight, curved and kinked ledges.
Not naive to Washington’s signature rain, a late-June grand opening celebration remains the goal. Stay tuned for updates from the field!