Maple Grove Skatepark
While still a Tier-1 facility and only 8,000 square feet in size, Maple Grove’s skatepark instantly set a new standard for modern skateparks in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. The park is proudly displayed at the entrance to the City’s state-of-the-art community center, adjacent to the site of the former wooden skatepark built in 1999. Lumber from that park was recycled by a Minneapolis-based indoor skateboarding facility – a truly green approach.
Frost-susceptible soils and dramatic topography tested even our seasoned design/build team, but we engineered responsible solutions for drainage and concrete strength to ensure the park’s longevity through decades of harsh Minnesota winters. An L-shaped site, hugged by a volleyball court and multiple parking lots also presented a challenge, but we prevailed with a well-flowing, architectural space. The park features a rare treat in the Minnesota skateboarding landscape – pool coping, which pays tribute to skateboarding’s origins in empty backyard swimming pools.
Photography by Alex Uncapher