In 2010, Spohn Ranch was proud to partner with the Watts Labor Community Action Committee to provide the youth of Watts, California with a skateboarding safe haven. The WLCAC’s dedication to improving quality of life in their neighborhood inspired us to create a unique environment that would accommodate the increasing popularity of skateboarding and action sports in Watts. With 4,500 square feet of skateable terrain, this pocket park will promote healthy lifestyles and present the youth of Watts with a positive alternative to the crime, gangs and drugs that challenge their community.
For this project, Spohn Ranch worked with Maine-based Who Skates to transform an under-utilized loading zone into a vibrant community skate spot. The park balances street and transition features in a unique way, while simultaneously providing opportunities for skateboarders of varying ability levels. With a historical mural as a backdrop, this skatepark is well on its way to becoming one of Watts’ most inspiring displays of community activism.
While construction of the skatepark wrapped up last month, the park is still awaiting some final site amenities before it will officially open in the next few weeks. Thanks again to WLCAC for letting us take part in such a rewarding project!