Ponderosa Park Skatepark
Spohn Ranch’s president and founder, Aaron Spohn, and one of our lead skatepark designers, Charlie Wilkins led a series of skatepark design workshops where they surveyed Bend’s skateboarders and developed a sense for the features and terrain styles that would best complement the make-up of the community.
As the initial sketches were coming together, our site analysis revealed that 1’ below the site’s topsoil was a layer of nearly impenetrable bedrock and granite. This limited the ability to build a bowl, so rather than literally “blowing” the budget to dynamite the rock, we reconvened with local skateboarders and brainstormed a solution for a modern above-grade skatepark with a healthy balance between street and transition-style features.
We are extremely proud of the final product. The skatepark features a main elevated area with stairs, rails and ledges and is flanked by strategically-located transition hips and walls. The top of the park is anchored by a skateable rock sculpture which ultimately flows into the “skate path” section. The path is lined with beginner-friendly skate elements that contour to Ponderosa Park’s unique landscape and with luxurious spacing and length, provide a feeling of true freedom.
Photography by Bryce Kanights
1411 SE Wilson Ave,
Bend, OR 97702
Dawn – Dusk