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City of Boulder to Improve Skate Features at Skate Parks This Summer

The City of Boulder has been refining the new Skate Park Improvements and Pump Track Project at Scott Carpenter Park, Valmont City Park, and Howard Heuston Park since late 2019.

After several rounds of public input in 2019 and 2020, community members provided feedback while the city refined project designs. Construction is anticipated to begin later this month.

The project consists of improvements to the existing Scott Carpenter Skate Park; a new skate park and pump track at Valmont City Park; and construction of a new, smaller skate area at Howard Heuston Park.

“The City of Boulder has seen the sport of skateboarding/BMX riding be a great way to get everyone outside during the pandemic with appropriate physical distancing and no shared equipment while still allowing equitable, safe recreation and socializing,” said Planning and Ecological Services Manager Jeff Haley.                                                     

Skate park construction at Scott Carpenter Park and Howard Heuston is anticipated to start late-April and continue through the end of May.  Pump track installation and skate park construction at Valmont City Park should start in May and continue through the summer.

More information will be posted on the project web site, bouldercolorado.gov/parks-rec/2020-skatepark-improvements, when available.

Construction schedules are tentative, dependent upon weather and other factors, and subject to change.

“Scott Carpenter Skate Park was one of the first built along the Front Range over 21 years ago and is due for updating,” said Haley. “Skating and riding is one of the least expensive and equitable sports that everyone can participate in and build community but unfortunately, our residents have to consistently drive to other communities to expand their skills and participate in their sport due to our lack of quality skate amenities here.”

The Green Block DIY skate features at Valmont City Park, which were built by and for the skate community, will remain in place for now. The Green Block DIY has supported the community over the past couple of years, and it will continue to do so while the new parks are being funded and built.

The addition of the new skate features and the pump track at the three parks are supported by community members and stakeholder groups and will almost double the amount of skateable space in the city. It will also provide much needed outdoor, socially distant recreation opportunities and beginner skate features for those starting to learn. Each of the three locations will be accessible to all community members.

A generous donation from Alex and Ana Bogusky will help fund construction of the new 10,000 square foot skate park and similarly sized pump track at Valmont City Park. This project couldn’t have been possible without their contribution.

The city has been working with the community alongside Evergreen Skateparks and Velosolutions to add the new skate features and pump track at Valmont City Park.

Stay up to date on the project at bouldercolorado.gov/parks-rec/2020-skatepark-improvements.

Media Contacts: 

Jonathan Thornton, Media Relations, 720-450-7554

 

Published April 6, 2021