Ernest Mcbride Skatepark Long Beach Calfornia
Since skateboarding first made its way to Long Beach in the 1970s, local youth have consistently earned a reputation for approaching skateboarding with an unmistakable level of passion and commitment. Taking a stand against the social and economic issues that challenged their daily lives, the skaters of Long Beach have wholeheartedly embraced skateboarding – both as a vehicle for bringing people together and as a way to maintain a positive, healthy lifestyle.
As Spohn Ranch approached the design phase of the project, our goal was to create Long Beach’s first true skate plaza. More than just another place to ride, they wanted to create an engaging public space that would resemble an urban streetscape and give local skaters a sense of place and community.
Putting themselves in the mind of an average Long Beach skater, they asked themselves, “What would it take to create a park that would keep me excited to come back here every single day?”. Reflecting today’s modern style of skateboarding, this 9,000 square foot design focuses less on traditional ramps, bowls and half-pipes and allocates more space towards features one would find in a common urban setting – benches, stairs, handrails, etc.
Posted from Long Beach, California, United States.
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