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.