We made a quick mission to check out the new park in Oceanside. It is a blast. The sheriff stopped by and said they would soon enforce helmets, but for now its a free for all. Click photos to enlarge.
Is your town getting a skatepark built? Well here are the companies we feel over here at Broken that should be on your list. If it is’nt mentioned here, I would think twice before you get some American Ramp Company or purkiss rose disaster in your town.
1. Grindline / Dreamland (Tied for First) – Grindline and Dreamland are both creators of epic skateparks world wide. They both use the maximum amount of space and create organic and amazing concrete wastelands to skate away the day on. Big stuff, small stuff, these 2 companies cover it all. Just click the link on there name to check out all the projects they have done. Lincoln city skatepark is one fine example of a Dreamland masterpiece. Orcas Island is a grindline beauty.
2. Team Pain – Team Pains latest creation in Arvada, Colorado is enough explanation for this second place choice. Very close second, could easily be tied for 1st too.
3. California Skateparks – Quality skatepark builder with some of the best concrete work around. Their parks are built to last.
4. Evergreen Skateparks – Windells Skatecamp, check it out.
5. Tim Trudell and whatever crew he gets together. Tim’s a master skatepark builder/ back yard pool creator, if you can find him and get him involved, your project will be epic.
6. San Pedro and Washington Street DIY builders – No need for an explanation
7. Poolish Pride Construction Lincoln Nass builds sick stuff with tight transitions that are perfect.
8. Placed to Ride tied with Artisan Skateparks – Our initial list left out Artisan and they are definitely a quality east coast builder that is worth mentioning. Placed to Ride has a few rad parks under their belt too and both are worth a look.
There are obviusoly tons of other park builders out there, some that could possibly be on this list and well, if we missed one let us know. The staff here has ridden many parks as well as worked/built/etc. parks so there is some merit to this list. These builders exhibit great concrete skill in construction, unique and variety of design, and will make a destination park out of your project.
ETNIES SKATEPARK OF LAKE FOREST BREAKS GROUND ON 16,000 SQUARE FOOT EXPANSION PROJECT
Final Expansion Will Make It the Largest Free Public Skatepark in the U.S.
February XX, 2011 (Lake Forest, CA) – Today the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest officially broke ground on its 16,000 square foot expansion project. Adding a variety of new features, the $1,000,000 expansion will set the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest at about 60,000 square feet, making it the largest free public skatepark in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world. The park which is owned and operated by the City of Lake Forest offers year round classes, camps and special events and is the only public skatepark in California that offers BMX sessions.
Local Skateboarders Celebrating the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest Expansion with Lake Forest Mayor Peter Herzog and etnies Owner/CEO Pierre-Andre Senizergues
The etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest was a first in skateboarding – In 2003 it was the first time a skatepark was created through a public/private partnership. etnies partnered with The City of Lake Forest to create this skatepark that currently has more than 1,500 skateboarders ride it each week. Eight years later, the skatepark continues to be such a benefit to the city that they are expanding it. The etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest model shows that skateparks can be a major benefit to communities all over the world.
“It’s incredible to see that the same year etnies is celebrating our 25th birthday, the skatepark is getting bigger too!” said Pierre-Andre Senizergues, owner and CEO of etnies. “It’s an example of what a success it has been for the city and for skateboarders in our community. A tribute to the future! Bravo, Lake Forest!”
The expansion concept created by community input, Nick Gates and the City of Lake Forest staff, and SITE Design Group, Inc., is scheduled to be completed by California Skate Parks in mid-July 2011. The expansion area will include the following features:
o Mini bowl
o Street run with a set of six stairs, manny pad modeled after Pier 7, and an A-frame bump with rails
o Flow course featuring a 16-foot cradle and 11-foot vert wall, with a variety of pool and metal coping
o A backyard-style pool with shallow-end stairs, two death boxes and Tedder Stone pool coping
o Barbeque area for skate camps and events
o Upgrades to the existing park include adding pump bumps and a euro gap on the 5-flat-5 stair set