Phillips Park Skatepark
Dubbed the “gnarliest” skatepark in the suburbs of Illinois when it opened in 2010, the 12,000 square foot space at Phillips Park draws riders from throughout the Midwest.
City concerns about skate and BMX conflicts steered the design toward separate areas, but collaborating with Illinois-based landscape architects, Design Perspectives, we achieved an integrated approach. The “skate plaza” section is 8,000 square feet and links tinted concrete features such as the Pier 7 manual pad, sushi dish and earthquake gap to create the modern street skater’s ideal setting.
With a footprint of 4,000 square feet, the designated BMX facility offers flowing transition, spines and sub-boxes perfect for a BMX dream session. Sited adjacent to one another and separated by flowing grass berms for spectators, these facilities are collectively transforming the City of Aurora into a thriving hub for Illinois action sports.
Photography by Kyle Seidler