Beyond Concrete Part 3: Examples of great park design from DFW and North America. With help from New Line & SPA Skateparks, we collected examples that illustrate the potential of great skatepark design from their portfolio of work.
BEYOND CONCRETE P3: Great Skatepark Examples from North Texas & Beyond
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Northeast Community Park, in Frisco, Texas is the largest park in DFW to date, at 47,000 square feet. The park opened in August 2017 and this grand opening celebration was hosted by the City's Parks & Recreation Dept with hundreds in attendance. The park features numerous innovative sculptural features.
Gabe Nesbitt Skatepark, McKinney TX. The park is a destination scaled facility including plaza, ditch, bowl and pool terrain. Landscaped islands with limestone seating allow spectators to safely be a part of the experience. The park has an iconic, skateable art feature within the plaza area references the city's motto "Unique by Nature". Completed in 2013, 30K sq ft
Roanoke Skatepark in Roanoke, TX. The City's slogan "Unique Dining Capital of Texas" is reflected within the skatepark features - a cantilevered spoon, metal knife rail, black & white checkered (diner) pool tile.
Plaza at the Forks Skatepark in Winnepeg, Canada - An strong example of world-class street and bowl terrain integrated with colour, texture, art, landscaping, and inviting viewing areas. This park has attracted world class skaters to Winnepeg to enjoy its unique design. Be sure to check out the image of the park when it is full of skaters.
Ed Benedict Skate Plaza in Portland, Oregon - Water Droplet manual pad and gap. River rock in gap collects storm water and directs to planted areas within park.
UBC Campus Skatepark, British Columbia, Canada is the first skatepark on a university campus in North America. Concrete and Steel skateable books sculpture - a signature feature created with input from the local community. The university emphasized the community input into the design process and it shows.
Vancouver, Canada's Chuck Bailey Covered Skatepark - Created as part of a legacy facility for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Features an expansive 30K sqft plaza area with permeable concrete drainage gaps, plus specialty shotcrete skateable 'rocks/boulders' and a 6,500 sqft covered flow bowl
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