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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 Project Info Sign

Boulder Parks and Recreation staff are working closely with the community to install temporary skate features at the Valmont City Park pavilion throughout 2019 to achieve a variety of goals:

  • Provide for street-style skateboarding in Boulder. Many residents skate in undesignated areas of the city or travel to other communities for this type of skating.
  • Determine community desire and usage of the features and inform future plans for new permanent skate features in Boulder. 
  • To provide a temporary location for skating while construction is occurring at Boulder’s only skatepark at Scott Carpenter Park. The park will still remain accessible, but temporary impacts might occur.  More information about the Scott Carpenter project.

Timeline

  • A timeline, including when the skate features will open, will be posted here when it is available.

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

Will there be a public process?

The skate features evolved through a conversation around the desire to honor the community’s love of skateboarding and the addition of street style skateboarding while the city’s only skate park at Scott Carpenter Park may experience intermittent closures while the pool and surrounding areas are under construction. This is a pilot program to observe usage and desire and not necessarily permanent infrastructure. If permanent infrastructure is determined to be constructed, staff will engage the community to help determine the final design for the features.

Typically, a playground renovation goes through a full public process as it involves a complete makeover for the park and costs, on the average, over $350K. This project is a small addition of a to an existing park which is otherwise not being renovated. The skate features are a temporary installation. Due to the small footprint and low-cost threshold, this project warranted an “inform” level of engagement rather than an “involve” or “collaborate” level. In such, staff installed onsite signage a few weeks prior to the start of construction as well as updated the website with project information.

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.