Location

Fort Irwin, CA

Park Name

Sidewinder Skatepark

Size

14,000 Sq. Ft.

Year Built

2009

    Sidewinder Skatepark

     

    Fort Irwin, located just outside of Barstow in the remote Southern California desert, is the premiere National Training Center for all branches of the US Military. After the idea of a new skatepark kept popping up at the family advocacy meetings, the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Department at Fort Irwin approached us to build a skatepark that they could be really proud of.

    After preliminary investigation, we determined that local skaters were using the mellow bank of a nearby defunct batting cage rather than the new steel ramps.  By integrating concrete elements into the existing slab and connecting the park to the batting cage ‘bowl’, we transformed a 7,000 sq. ft. slab into a 15,000 sq. ft. concrete skate plaza at a fraction of the cost of conventional construction.  After an eco-friendly disposal of the metal ramps, this skatepark has become one of the Fort’s most vibrant and colorful gathering spaces.