Mountain View skatepark is ready to roll
El Paso's newest public skatepark is now open at Mountain View Park (8501 Diana) adjacent to Magoffin Middle School.
It all happened much earlier than expected.
"Construction money wasn't supposed to available until September 2012, but we got it early," said Monica Castrejon,
the overseeing City of El Paso Engineer. The project was funded by a $1 million Community Development Block Grant.
Grindline Skateparks broke ground on March 5th.
"We're super-hyped on this build," says James Klinedinst, Grindline's Project Manger.
The 15,000 square foot custom concrete piste will include a 10-foot deep triple pool, a large flowbowl and wrap around
street course with rails, ledges and stairs. Lighting is also included to allow for night use.
Site Design Group produced the layout using input from local skaters. A pair of well-attended public design workshops were held at the neighboring Rae Gilmour Center on October 23, 2010 and April 30, 2011.
"This is gonna be your place," said local youth advocate Gilda Wilson a.k.a. "Grandma Gail" to all the young skaters who showed up.
Wilson was instrumental in working with City Rep Susie Byrd, the Mountain View Neighborhood Association and inspiring skaters
to secure funding for the project.
"I am so proud of these kids. They went out and got 1,500 signatures on a petition supporting the skatepark," said Wilson.
And with Grindline doing the build, local skaters are confident of a first-class product. "Finally, a Grindline Park here in
El Paso. Yes!" said Bob Rivera.
Grindline foreman Eddie Lawrence brings 14 years of skatepark building experience to the project.
"I always want it to be perfect and we've got a good crew here - we're all skateboarders, so we get it." The G-line crew includes the likes of Alfred, Benny, Adam and Joe Dirt amongst others.
Skaters will notice a couple of "on the fly" design changes. Most notably, the pool stairs will be removed.
"That's gonna open up that pool a lot," said Lawrence. "As drawn, they were sticking out 7 feet and would've choked off the pocket." READ MORE
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The one page article written by the Z-man and Dr. Skateboard breaks
down the build of this unique project and the possibility of using
it as a model for future dual-purpose infrastructure.
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Who Are We?
We are a group of serious skateboarders who are dedicated to the development and stewardship of safe, freely accessible public skateparks in the El Paso, Texas area. We welcome all collaborations from skateboarders and look forward to establishing partnerships throughout the city, county and state.
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and join the EPSA!
Our 17-page "Spring
2010 El Paso Public Skateparks: Safety and Maintenance Inspection" report has been submitted to the City of El Paso Parks
and Recreation Department. This comprehensive photo inspection clearly
illustrates the major issues at all 10 city skateparks and gives
recommendations on best fixes.
After an influx of emails and Facebook messages concerning the disrepair of modular ramps in El Paso County, we took a bunch of photos and busted out this 12-page "El Paso County Public Skateparks: Safety and Maintenance Inspection - November 2011." Hard copies were hand-delivered to all of our County officials to help illustrate the dire need to fix severe hazards like surface holes, metal plate deviations and exposed screw heads a.k.a. meat hooks!