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City Installs New Skateboard Features at Valmont City Park Pilot Program

Valmont City Park provides bike trails, multi-use paths, a dog park, disc golf, ballfields and a playground. In celebration of national “Go Skate Day” Friday, June 21, Boulder Parks and Recreation is announcing the addition of new temporary skate features to the long list of park amenities.

Over the past year, Parks and Recreation staff worked closely with the skate community to install a new street course skateboard area within the existing pavilion at the park. The temporary installation is based on a national theme of providing community-built skate elements that mimic the types of features people like to skate around a city such as parking blocks, stairs and picnic tables. All the features, donated by community members, were installed by volunteers with supervision from city staff and with minimal city funding.

"The initial idea of the green block project was to use 'dross-scapes' and otherwise unused land to develop pocket parks and allow the community to be involved in the process," said Raul Pinto with Satellite Boardshop in Boulder. "From students at CU environmental design program to young kids taking part in the construction being supervised by older skate community members, it really was a community effort."

Pinto spearheaded the effort and partnership with the city to bring the street-style skate area to fruition. Additional donors for the project include Armor Steel, Boulder Welding, and numerous donations and volunteer time from the entire skating community.

Jeff Haley, City of Boulder Parks Planning Manager, explained, “This is a perfect example of listening and supporting the community to build a great space for all ages and abilities to participate in a sport that is very popular in our community and especially with teens.”

The primary goal for the pilot is to provide a designated location for this type of sport that allows skaters to practice their skills. Over the course of the next year, Parks and Recreation staff will observe usage from the community as they explore if future permanent skate amenities at this location are sustainable and compatible.

Additionally, the features at Valmont City Park provide an alternate skateboarding location separate from Boulder's only skatepark at Scott Carpenter Park while that site is under construction for the new pool. The new skate features will be in place for at least a year until the building is complete at Scott Carpenter Park. The city also plans to construct new permanent skate features at Valmont or Scott Carpenter Park next year through the department capital improvement program and will be launching a design process later this summer to determine the types of features and location based on community feedback.

For more information about the new Valmont City Park skate features, please visit bouldercolorado.gov/parks-rec/skate-features-at-valmont.

Published: June 21, 2019

Media Contacts:
Denise White, Parks and Recreation, 303-413-7258
Bryan Rachal, Deputy Communication Director, 303-441-3155