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Skate Features at Valmont

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Valmont City Park Temporary Skate Feature Installation

Pilot program to determine usage and future options

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 the community 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 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 whether future permanent skate amenities at this location are sustainable and compatible. 

The features 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. (More information about the Scott Carpenter project.) 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 in 2020 to determine the types of features and location based on community feedback. 

Timeline

  • The features will remain in place through at least the summer of 2020 which will allow staff to work with the community to determine a long-term location for the skate features.  Also, Scott Carpenter park construction is expected to be complete next summer and no further disruptions to the skatepark.

Donation

  • Satellite Boardshop has partnered with the city to provide the skate features and maintenance of the features for the length of the pilot project.

Rules

  • Skateboarding is allowed only in the designated area on designated features. Skating on any other feature within the park is prohibited. Mobile ramps or other skating structures of a makeshift nature are prohibited.
  • Skateboarding is only permitted during park hours from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. It is unlawful for any person, other than authorized personnel, to remain in this facility beyond the posted hours. {BRC 8-3-3.G(11)} The City of Boulder has the right to close the facility without notice.
  • Participants and spectators assume all risk associated with the activity. This feature is a designated use area for skating, biking and scooters. Any use other than the designated use is discouraged for safety reasons. This facility is unsupervised. Users and spectators must know your ability and enter at your risk. The use of appropriate safety equipment such as helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, gloves and proper shoes strongly is recommended. The City of Boulder is not liable for injuries and/or death from use of this facility.
  • Caution: Changing weather can create unforeseen conditions, cracks or uplifts in the concrete at any time of the year. Check the features and surfaces prior to riding as the City of Boulder is not liable for injuries and or death caused by changes in the features or the surface. 
  • Skateboards and equipment may not be left unattended. Unattended equipment will be removed and considered abandoned property.
  • Skateboarding shall not interfere with the other intended uses of the park, sidewalks, buildings, roads, streets, playgrounds, bikeways, water features, sport courts, bike racks, handrails, art objects, fences or light poles.  Areas of the park showing damage from skating activities may be restricted.
  • No organized event shall be held without the permission of the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department. Contact 303-413-7200  to inquire about events. (BRC 8-3-22)
  • No loud music, deliberately offensive conduct, or any other disturbance of peace is allowed.
  • All other rules and regulations pdf applicable to the public’s use of the City of Boulder Parks will be enforced in this designated use area as indicated below.

FAQ's

How was the location for the pilot project chosen?

The pavilion is a former poultry processing facility and was left in place during the phase 1 construction until a future use was determined, and funding identified in future phases. The concrete surfacing is currently used infrequently for events and the staff have been trying to determine a way to use the facility instead of having just a large unused expanse of concrete. This is a way to use the space while also meeting a need in the community. The location also still allows for events to occur.