October 30, 2014
2014 Season Update!
…Hard to believe it’s already October, classes are back in session, leaves are falling in the bowl and we’ve even had the first hits of snow across our job sites in Alberta! Below are some of our 2014 Spring/Summer project highlights. From $80,000 neighbourhood skate spots to our second world-class covered skate plaza ($1.7 Million), it’s been an another amazing summer working with the many dedicated volunteer groups and Municipal staff who are behind each project we are fortunate enough to develop. It has been an incredible project journey with each of you and we’re always stoked with the many lasting friendships our team has made. In addition to our community partners, a huge thanks goes out to our construction crews whose relentless passion and attention to detail continues to make every park (no matter how big or small) incredibly fun to skate.
Lots coming up for Winter and Spring 2015… Let us know if we can help with anything and keep posted to our website and Facebook page for the latest updates.
Cloverdale, BC Youth Park
Cloverdale, BC Youth Park
Cloverdale, BC Youth Park
Cloverdale, BC Youth Park
Roanoke, TX Skatepark
Roanoke, TX Skatepark
High Prairie, AB Skatepark
High Prairie, AB Skatepark
Nelson, BC Skatepark
Arlington, TX Skatepark
Arlington, TX Skatepark
Arlington, TX Skatepark
Arlington, TX Skatepark
Manning, AB Skate/Bike Park
Ermineskin Cree Nation Skatepark (Maskwacis, AB)
Ermineskin Cree Nation Skatepark (Maskwacis, AB)
Granbury, TX Skatepark
Granbury, TX Skatepark
Stettler, AB Skatepark
Stettler, AB Skatepark
Six Nations Skatepark (Ohsweken, ON))
McNabb Skatepark (Ottawa, ON)
Vaughan, ON Skate Spot
July 10, 2014
Bears at the Maskwacis, AB Skatepark
We were honoured to attend the Maskwacis skatepark grand opening on July 5th. The project is a culmination of years of hard work and fundraising by the Ermineskin Cree Nation.
The Town where the park is located recently changed its named from Hobbema to Maskwacis, which is a Cree word meaning "bear hills". While working with the community on the design, we experimented with unique ways to reflect the bear hills identity within the park architecture. The result is pretty fun... see below for the park's signature bear paw pump bump.
Thank you to everyone who made this project possible! ...An amazing project journey with a dedicated group of community leaders and passionate skaters!
June 03, 2014
Nelson/Cedar/Pelham - Grand Openings
Over the past three weeks, we had the great privilege of joining our amazing community partners at the grand opening celebrations for three signature parks completed in late 2013 / early 2014. Thank you to all of the volunteers, Municipal/District staff members, and caring residents in Nelson BC, Cedar (Nanaimo) BC, and Pelham, ON for the hard work and dedication that led to the creation of these amazing communities spaces. Isaac, this one's for you!
Isaac Riehl Memorial Skatepark - Pelham, ON
Nelson Skatepark - Nelson, BC
Nelson Skatepark - Nelson, BC
Cedar Skatepark - Nanaimo, BC
March 20, 2014
Now Open: Vandergriff Skatepark in Arlington, TX
Phases one and two of the three-phase Vandergriff skatepark are now open to the public! A much-anticipated addition to "Naturally Fun" Arlington, the park features a unique combination of traditional bowl, snake run, and plaza terrain designed to appeal to all skill levels. The diverse cross-section of skatepark terrain will surely attract riders from all over Texas.
Project highlights include an expansive modern snake run wrapping around the site's existing trees, a modern 4-wing flow bowl, and one of a kind plaza decorated with signature architectural details and integral colours derived from the iconic City of Arlington logo.
Please join in the grand opening celebration on April 5th and check out the park profile for more information about Vandergriff Skatepark.
*thanks to Skaters for Public Skateparks (skatepark.org) for the bowl construction pic.
March 08, 2014
Isaac Riehl Memorial Skatepark Wins Excellence in Design Award
We're proud to announce that the Isaac Riehl Memorial Skatepark in Pelham, ON has been recognized by Parks and Recreation Ontario with an Excellence in Design Award.
The award will be presented on March 26th in Niagara Falls to Town of Pelham staff as well as volunteers who were instrumental in seeing this project through. It recognizes "the outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations that have enhanced the quality of life for Ontario's citizens. These awards showcase the very best of recreation and parks and also serve to draw attention to the importance and benefits of recreation for healthy people, vibrant communities and sustainable environments."
Please check out the park's profile for more information.
February 02, 2014
Cloverdale Skatepark Construction
Surrey, BC -- Construction on the new Cloverdale skatepark has been underway since Fall 2013. Things are really beginning to take shape in this unique park.
The new Cloverdale skatepark will be just the second in Canada to include a roof over skateable terrain (the other is Chuck Bailey Youth Park, also in Surrey). This time around, a portion of the "street" or "plaza" area will be covered.
Surrey residents know how well-used the old Cloverdale skatepark was; the new park will replace it with modern skatepark terrain developed in conjunction with Surrey and area stakeholders.
Centrally located near the junction of 62nd Ave and Highway 15, the nearly 24,000 sqft skatepark will sit adjacent to both the Cloverdale Recreation Centre and Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre. Other amenities include a "youth lounge" and spectator deck area overlooking the whole park.
We're honoured to help make Surrey the unofficial "skatepark capital of Canada". Please check back for news and more information.
Anticipated completion of the new Cloverdale skatepark is spring/summer 2014.
Ditch or snake run
Cloverdale Skatepark Construction
December 12, 2013
Happy Holidays and Thank You North America!
2013 has been a BIG year for our team and the many amazing communities we’ve worked with across the globe. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped lobby for, design, build, and ride some of our most exciting skatepark projects to date! We couldn't have done it without you. Check back for highlights from 2013 and a sneak peak of what’s brewing for 2014!
Gabe Nesbitt Skatepark - McKinney, TX
Santa Claus at Chinook Winds Skatepark - Airdrie, AB
November 12, 2013
Alberta Aerial Skatepark Videos
October 28, 2013
Nelson, BC Has a New Park!
We've just completed construction on the Nelson Skatepark!
Located in Art Gibbon Park, the 12,000 sqft facility opened in late fall 2013 with unreal local ripping and rave reviews across the region. Hard work and dedication really pays off, as the Kootenay Lake Outdoor Skatepark Society (KLOSPS) lobbied and fundraised for nearly a decade to make this park a reality. Thank you and congrats to Rob Levesque, Shane Johnsen and everyone else whose unwavering dedication led to the creation of this amazing community destination.
October 01, 2013
Late Season Construction in Lethbridge, Alberta
With unusually mild temperatures in late fall, we were able to get a great head start on construction of the Henderson Lake Skatepark in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Located at the corner of Mayor McGrath Drive and Parkside Drive South, the park will be ready to ride in the spring!
Here's a quick shot of the construction so far:
August 01, 2013
Glendale Skatepark - Red Deer, AB
The City of Red Deer’s highly anticipated new regional skatepark is now complete! Located in the city’s Northside, Glendale Skatepark features over 17,000 sqft of unique urban plaza terrain and 2 world-class bowl units that wrap around an expansive amphitheater-style viewing area. Along with a one-of-a-kind hardscape configuration detailed with a Centennial Celebration theme, the facility also offers visitor parking, restrooms, custom site furnishings, linkages to public transit and pathways, a contemplated ‘eco-garden’ area, and a tactful interface with the surrounding residential, middle school, and future community center components of the extended site area. The park is now among Western Canada’s largest and most progressive youth facilities - attracting visitors from across the country and serving as an appealing venue for high-level action sports contests, demonstrations, and events.
To the City of Red Deer, local skate and bike community, and everyone else who contributed to the park, a HUGE thank you from the New Line team for helping create a truly amazing youth destination in Alberta!
May 07, 2013
UBC Campus Skatepark Attracts Nationwide Acclaim
The University of British Columbia continues its pioneering ways by developing North America's first on-campus concrete skatepark!
UBC Skatepark represents a groundbreaking collaboration between the University Neighbourhoods Association, the University, van der Zalm & Associates, and New Line Skateparks. A true result of careful planning and creative thinking by all stakeholders, the signature 8,500 sqft skate friendly space opened in late April to wide praise that far exceeded expectations.
See a collection of early images of the park in action below and read more about the project in the Vancouver Sun and CBC News. You can also view our park profile here.
April 21, 2013
McKinney, Texas Skatepark Now Open!
Through a 6 month collaborative development process with local youth, surrounding community members, and our design-build team, the City of McKinney has created one of one of the most ambitious youth park developments in the Country. Located in the City's prized Gabe-Nesbitt Park, the skatepark offers over 30,000 sqft of 'Unique by Nature' plaza, obstacle, bowl, and ditch-inspired terrain designed for all ages, abilities, and riding styles. Check out the park profile for more detailed views and videos.
April 01, 2013
Spring Skatepark Start - Alberta, Texas, Washington, Manitoba
As we await the thaw of a cold winter, our construction crews are already mobilizing. We're ramping up for another busy year of community skatepark development!
Down South, McKinney, TX and South Kitsap, WA will both become home to some compelling New Line destination parks this season. Up in Canada, the cities Vancouver, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Winkler, and Red Deer will also have new skateparks in 2013. Keep posted to this site and our Facebook Page for the latest updates on these projects and many others we have in the works!
Red Deer, AB is a particularly significant project for us as it's shaping up to be one of the most ambitious skateparks in Alberta - home to many of our key staff! A unique flow bowl along with an expansive series of plaza 'arms' and the region's first pool-style bowl are sure to attract visitors from far and wide. If the weather cooperates, we anticipate a June project completion. Again, keep posted to our Facebook page for the latest updates.
From the entire New Line Team, a huge thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to bring these projects to fruition. It has been an amazing journey with each of you and we look forward to skating together soon!
Red Deer, AB construction
Medicine Hat, AB model
Red Deer, AB model
South Kitsap, WA construction
McKinney, TX concept
March 07, 2013
Tony Hawk Donates to SOMA Skate Plaza
January 30, 2013
Hudiksvall Skatepark wins Swedish design award
The Sportparken in Hudiksvall, Sweden has been awarded the prestigious “active aging and solidarity between generations” award from the Swedish government. This project was completed in 2011 and has been a popular venue for all generations to recreate and socialize. The project site is located on the waterfront in Hudiksvall – a medium sized city in the north of Sweden. New Line Skateparks worked with partners van der Zalm + associates to complete a public process with the community and finalized design in 2008. After years of fundraising, the project was completed in 2011. The project features an expansive skateable plaza area and mini ramp complex along with socializing spaces, large outdoor game boards, bocce, a bike skills area, and an open picnic space within a mature forest canopy. Congratulations to Martin Norkvist – our community contact and project manager, who led the fundraising and awareness campaign for this innovative project.
December 17, 2012
Canoga Park - City of Los Angeles / Tony Hawk Foundation
New Line Skateparks is honoured to be working with the City of Los Angeles to deliver a compelling community skate plaza for youth residing within the often overlooked,and very much in-need, Canoga Park area. Developed with hands-on input from the local community, the plaza features strong geometric forms that ‘overlap’ and ‘weave’ together to create a signature combination of urban skate elements and informal seating/viewing opportunities which will eventually tie-in to the entry area of the adjacent community center. This project is funded by the City of Los Angeles and the Tony Hawk Foundation. Check out this video link and visit www.tonyhawkfoundation.org for more information and updates on this inspiring project!
September 24, 2012
NE Metro Skatepark - Travis County, TX now open!
Travis County/Pflugerville's new destination skatepark serves as the highlight of the third and final phase of the area’s widely popular NE Metro Regional Park and now one of the most ambitious skate facilities on the Continent . With approximately 30,000 sqft of highly detailed skateable terrain stretching across nearly an acre of green space, the facility offers an epic skateboarding/bmx experience in a natural setting characteristic of the Blackland Prairie Region. A big thanks from the New Line team to everyone who helped make this project a reality – from those who first advocated for the park to everyone who attended our design workshops. Early shots of the park in action may be found below – enjoy! View the park profile for more photos and video.
Photos courtesy of: www.bikemojo.com and Carter Dennis
September 19, 2012
Prairie Fire - Alberta and Saskatchewan Heat Up with New Parks
Prairie Fire – New Parks Open throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan
It’s been an exciting summer in the Western Canadian Prairies as a number of highly anticipated community skateparks open to the public and a host of others begin the design and fundraising process in preparation for the 2013 season. With most projects resulting from a combination of grassroots community advocacy and creative input, local Municipal/District gov’t support, and in some cases even Provincial and Federal funding, each one-of-a-kind park has its own unique story and development journey. It has been a true privilege for our team to help bring each of these projects to life - see below for a collection of images and design-build highlights from each project!
Optimist Skatepark – Sylvan Lake, AB: The long awaited Sylvan Lake Skatepark is the culmination of nearly 7 years of advocacy and planning by the local skate community and department of Parks and Recreation. Located in Four Seasons Park, the facility features nearly 9,000 sqft of modern street and transition terrain complimented by a large central green island and series of distinct nautical / lakeside influenced custom sculptural features.
Optimist Skatepark – Sylvan Lake, AB
Optimist Skatepark – Sylvan Lake, AB
Yorkton Skatepark – Yorkton, SK: The Yorkton Skate Plaza was developed as a direct result of a mobilized local advocacy group (who successfully secured a $100,000 Aviva grant), a supportive municipal administration, and an entire community united to make a difference after the Town was ravaged by a major flash flood in 2010. Now complete and open to the public, the innovative skate plaza and flow bowl serves as a gateway to the new Brodie Avenue multiuse, multigenerational recreation corridor.
Yorkton Skatepark – Yorkton, SK
Yorkton Skatepark – Yorkton, SK
Yorkton Skatepark – Yorkton, SK
Yorkton Skatepark – Yorkton, SK
Yorkton Skatepark – Yorkton, SK
Drayton Valley Skatepark - Drayton Valley, AB:The new Drayton Valley skatepark promises to be a welcome stop on Western Canada’s emerging modern skatepark network. The park features a wide variety of custom concrete plaza, flow and bowl terrain punctuated by a large integrated green space and a selection of thoughtful sculptural elements inspired by the area’s rich history and culture. Obstacles of particular note include the ‘Oil Derrick’ manual block, ‘Saw Blade’ bank wall, and expansive transitioned fun track that weaves around the park’s central planted island. The park is finished off with a number of viewing areas and picnic tables – providing an inviting environment for all visitors.
West Grande Praire Skate Plaza - Grande Prairie, AB: The West Grande Prairie Skate Plaza illustrates what’s possible when a modest project budget is utilized creatively through a collaborative with skatepark design-build experts and the local community. The Plaza includes a selection of modern 'street' features combined with integrated transition elements and a special custom skateable art feature based on the City’s long-standing association with the Trumpeter Swan.
September 18, 2012
New Line Skateparks Webstore Open
After years of requests, we're happy to announce that our 'New Line Gear' webstore is now open for business! At present, we have three styles of hoodies (in two colours) as well as a handful of t-shirt designs.
Access the store from this link. We'll be adding items in the near future so check back often.
June 01, 2012
New Parks From East to West
Summer is not "officially" upon us yet but we've completed several significant projects already this season.
Waterloo, ON is now home to a brand new 10,000 sqft facility in the Father David Bauer Skatepark. It's one of the first parks to feature our custom "skate benches".
Vancouver, BC has a new skate spot in the Mount Pleasant area. The Mount Pleasant Skate Spot is the perfect place to warm up, maintain skills, or just spend the day skating a mellow spot.
The Planchodrome Dieppe Skatepark features a beatiful bowl along with some ledges and other street features which made up a significant expansion of the existing park in Dieppe, NB.
On June 21st the lake community of Sylvan Lake, AB will celebrate the grand opening of their very first outdoor concrete skatepark. Check out the park profile for more details and Skateparktour for opening details.
Father David Bauer Skate Plaza - Waterloo, ON
Mount Pleasant Skate Spot - Vancouver, BC
Dieppe Skatepark - Dieppe, NB
Sylvan Lake Skatepark - Sylvan Lake, AB
May 01, 2012
New Line Skateparks is Hiring
Are you passionate about skateboarding and youth friendly spaces? Are you creative and/or good with your hands? We're hiring experienced welders, concrete finishers, carpenters, registered engineers, and landscape architects.
The 2012 construction season is upon us and we're busy. If you are interested in working for the leading skatepark design and construction firm, e-mail your resume to email@example.com
February 03, 2012
World's First Major University Campus Skatepark Coming to UBC
The University of British Columbia has commissioned New Line Skateparks and van der Zalm + associates to develop a modern concrete skatepark on their campus.
We're very proud to be part of this landmark project. "Vancouver is already known as a mecca for skateboarding - the fact that the UBC campus will have a skatepark is a testament to that," says Trevor Morgan, New Line vice president.
Set along the lush Pacific coastline, the UBC campus already has spectacular views of the ocean as well as the mountains. Having a skatepark on site will only enhance the scenery and campus life experience.
Skateparks on campus - one more reason to stay in school!
Kensignton Park Skate Spot - One of Vancouver's many unique public skateparks
December 17, 2011
Southern Hospitality: Conroe, TX
The Kasmiersky Wheeled Sports Plaza in Conroe, TX is now open!!!
Enjoy a scenic skate/ride at this ~15,000 sqft plaza and bowl area nestled within a beautiful wooded section of Kasmiersky Park. The distinct plaza section is a street skater's dream with a roof-top ledge, saw-blade bank, hubbas, a fun track, and a collection of gap and ledge variations. The bowl complex is chalk-full of features as well. Two separate bowls (modern pool and flow) include a marquee 'train tunnel' keyhole, extensive pool coping, wedding cake steps, extensions, pockets, custom tile and more! To top it off, the unique blend of historical railway and timber theming, local lime stone block, native plantings and coloured concrete make this one of the most compelling and aesthetically pleasing parks in the State!
A big thanks to our partners at SPA Skateparks for another amazing collaborative effort on this landmark community facility!
December 12, 2011
Canada's Only Indoor Concrete Bowl Now Complete!
The Edge Skatepark, part of the Youth for Christ "Centre for Excellence" now boasts the only skatepark of its kind in Canada. Located at the corner of Main St. and Higgins St. in downtown Winnipeg, MB, the park is a welcome addition to the city's already extensive outdoor concrete skatepark network.
A concrete bowl with three sections is sure to draw in skaters from the cold prairie winters. Depths range from 5-7 feet; the mini-ramp and pocket sections are suited to novice and experienced skaters.
Frank Daniello explored the construction in detail for Push.ca
The bowl. Photo by Cam Nikkel
Hubbas and rail. Photo by Cam Nikkel
November 25, 2011
Steelpark, Hudiksvall and Helsingor
Our three latest Scandinavian projects were wrapped in time to be shredded hard before winter!
Steelpark in Lulea, Sweden is over 14,000 sqft of custom concrete blended with reclaimed steel arranged as skateable sculptures. The steel honours Lulea's industrial heritage and the concept was developed by Finnish Element pro, Janne Saario. Steelpark Blog provided the photos throughout the entire construction.
Hudiksvall, Sweden's new park is about 15,000 sqft. A true 'skate plaza' the park is made up of ledges, manny pads, rails, gaps, and hubbas. It also has some quarter pipes, hips, and an open mini-ramp section. We're thankful for the great photos from Tacky.se.
After two Swedish projects, we made our way over to Denmark to work with Rune Glifberg and Ebbe Lykke on the Helsingor Multipark. As can be seen from the photo below, the park is nearly an endless amount of transition with bumps, quarter pipes, extensions, hips, and a large vert wall. Thanks to Bitchslap Mag for the photos.
Steelpark - Lulea, Sweden
Steelpark - Lulea, Sweden
November 22, 2011
Mountain Paradise Coming to Nelson, BC
With the help the help of the Kootenay Lake Outdoor Society, we've been working on a versatile mix of bowl, plaza, and snake run inspired terrain.
When complete this park will feature over 15,000 sqft of obstacles, including a 'skull bowl', ledges, stairs, rails, as well as features that reference some local flavour such as the 'Kokanee Salmon Run' banked ditch' and 'Elephant Mountain' quarter pipe wall.
The Nelson Skatepark promises to be a reward for citizens of Nelson who have been working hard towards its completion -- it's been in the works for nearly a decade!
October 20, 2011
Fall Fury - Lacombe and Sylvan Lake Skateparks
Lacombe Skatepark now complete and open!
With nearly 13,000 square feet of custom ledges, rails, stairs, hips, banks, gaps, and a boomerang shaped bowl, the new Lacombe Skatepark promises to deliver large! The design was inspired by a collection of historical structures found within Lacombe as well as a variety of elements from other famous urban landscapes around the world. Two signature features include the‘Flat-Iron Building’ manual pad and ‘Blacksmith Shop’ tranny pocket. Both obstacles pay homage to Lacombe’s rich history while also serving as compelling skateable elements. See the park profile for more finished photos and project details.
A'knock-out' combination of our hardworking Alberta crew and favourable fall weather allowed for completion several weeks ahead of schedule. The Lacombe Globe was on hand to document the soft opening in mid-October but the official grand opening is slated for June 2012. Keep posted for additional details!
Sylvan Lake, AB's new skatepark is beginning to take shape!
Crews have been busy executing earthworks, forming, and as a much concrete as weather will allow. Taking full advantage of the extended 2011 build season, locals and visitors alike can look forward to early opening in 2012. Check out the latest facility rendering below.
August 20, 2011
A Pearl on "The Rock"
Mount Pearl, Newfoundland is home the Canadian Maritimes' latest skatepark! Refer to the park profile for more photos and information.
July 18, 2011
Eighth Street Skatepark Now Open
After many months of lobbying, planning, and construction, the Toronto area has a new park. Eighth Street Skatepark is located at the corner of Birmingham and Eighth Street in Etobicoke, ON. View the park profile for more photos and videos.
June 22, 2011
Highly Anticipated Chuck Bailey Youth Park Now Complete!
Just completed and open to the public, Chuck Bailey Youth Park is already turning heads in the international skateboarding community. The park is undoubtedly one of the most advanced skate facilities in North America in terms of concrete technology, forming, finishing, and design. Through an extensive public process, local users were invited to contribute ideas and priorities for youth park terrain. The resulting park, includes a rich tapestry of public art, integrated landscaping, and earthwork forming, as well as built elements in concrete, steel and granite. A full profile of the facility is available following the pictures below... ENJOY!!!
June 15, 2011
Don't Mess With Texas!
June 06, 2011
A Summer of Scandinavian Skateparks!
We have a few projects on the go in Scandinavia. The first is the soon to be complete Steel Park in Lulea, Sweden. With a design led by Finnish pro skater, JANNE SAARIO, this will be one of our most unique parks to date due to the extensive recycled steel sculptures used in the park. It will be ready in the Summer of 2011. Keep on top of the development with the Steel Park Blog.
Continuing in Sweden, we head to Hudiksvall, where we designed a 14,000 sqft street plaza. The plaza includes a number of diverse lines down stairs, rails, and ledges for pure street skaters, and some unique minramp planters for those on the hunt for interesting transition terrain. To top it off, a custom "letter H" cut out will call out the city, while also doubling as a skateable gap to ledge.
Helsingor, Denmark is only a quick jump away. We're taking care of the detailed design documents and construction on this park.
As always, check back for photos and information regarding completion dates.
May 25, 2011
Vancouver Plaza Renovations
To celebrate New Line Skateparks' 10th anniversary, we're doing some renovations at the Vancouver Skate Plaza. The brick bank/hip, granite ledges, and landings will be redone.
The Plaza is internationally known as one of the first ever "skate plazas"-- a truly successful transformation from an underutilized parcel of land into one of the busiest skateparks in the country.
In honour of our 10 years as a skatepark firm, we'll also be installing a few surprise goodies. The additions and renovations should be complete by mid Summer 2011.
Photo by Frank Daniello, Push.ca
Photo courtesy of sbcskateboard.com
Photo courtesy of supradistribution.com
May 13, 2011
Chuck Bailey Grand Opening - May 28th
Arguably the most anticipated Canadian skatepark opening of 2011, Chuck Bailey Youth Park in Surrey, BC has already garnered attention from both national and international media.
Work on the this landmark development is nearly complete. The skatepark boasts an expansive modern plaza area and fully covered 5,000 square foot bowl! The stunning cantilevered roof structure will compliment a collection of local art installations amidst 30,00 square feet of total recreation space.
Please join us for the grand opening of this cutting-edge facility on May 28th from 11AM-2PM. The address of the recreation centre centre is 13458 107A Avenue in Surrey, BC.
Grand opening poster
Nearly completed bowl construction
April 25, 2011
Amherst, NS: New Park for Maritimes!
The town of Amherst, NS will soon be home to the newest site-built concrete skatepark in the Maritimes! Weather cooperating, the park should be complete and open to the public before the end of May. The project was a rewarding collaboration between our design-build team and local community and is sure to be a welcome addition to the NS skatepark network.
Click here for a recent story on the park from the Amherst Daily News and see below for quick a render view of the project. Construction photos and directions to the park can be found on our park profile page. Stay tuned for more info on the official grand opening.
April 13, 2011
Austin, TX's House Park Skate/BMX Plaza Nears Completion!
Austin, TX will soon be home to the Region’s first downtown plaza and modern bowl unit designed by New Line Skateparks specifically for the skate and BMX community. The $1.2 Million project is the result of a truly grass roots initiative, involving the ongoing lobby and oversight of the Austin Public Skatepark Action Committee and other passionate community volunteers and advocates. At approximately 30,000 sqft, the project includes an expansive urban plaza and stand alone bowl unit detailed with various skateable art and sculpture installations created in collaboration with local Austin artists. Design development included multiple public workshops with an average attendance of 70+ members of the community. Check out a couple pics of the construction progress (undertaken by CA Skateparks with local GC, Prism) to date and keep posted to our site for details on the grand opening date and event schedule.
Thanks to www.skatepark.org for the photos.
February 14, 2011
Queensborough All-Wheel Park Ready to Roll...
The skatepark portion of Queensborough All-Wheel Park in New Westminster, BC is complete and ready to skate.
While the facility weaves obstacle, bowl, and street elements in one central configuration, this is not your traditional skatepark. Its drainage ditch inspired design lends itself to endless lines and effortless flow - as fast or as slow as you choose. Unique features include the 'warped hip bridge bench', 'tombstone bank launch' for blasting large airs, 'roof top quarter pipes', and stunning custom rock work throughout the park.
The BMX jumps and sculptural steel full-pipe will open in the Spring of 2011. Check back here or refer to our Facebook page. for the latest updates.
Located at 920 Ewan Avenue in New Westminster, BC, the facility is adjacent to the Queensborough Community Centre.
Click here for a great video showcasing the large hip, shortly after opening.
December 31, 2010
Lots of Spots! Vaughan, ON Getting Dotted with Parks
The City of Vaughan, ON is coming through on their skatepark strategy in a huge way. They've commissioned New Line Skateparks to design and build a network of 'skate spots' throughout their city.
The communities of Hillside, Twelve Oaks, and Jack Pine now have their own neighbourhood skate spots, measuring between 3,000 - 4,000 square feet and costing under $100,000 each. Designs marry art and skateablity within the very limited circular footprints provided to our development team. The result is a collection of compelling, low-impact skate enviornments within close reach of the neighbourhood skater.
All three spots will be fully open come Spring 2011. Refer to each project's individual profile page for more details including exact locations.
October 26, 2010
'Check-In' to Brandon, MB's Kristopher Campbell Skate Plaza!
‘Check-In’ to Brandon MB’s Kristopher Campbell Skate Plaza!
After a Summer of tough weather in the region, Brandon MB's Kristopher Campbell Skate Plaza is now open and turning heads across the country!
Located in the heart of Downtown Brandon, the Plaza consists of a carefully detailed 20,000 sqft skateable landscape built directly over the original foundation of the City’s historic King Edward Hotel. Alongside a myriad of compelling ‘real street’ inspired features, columns along the plaza perimeter mirror those of the original building while major areas contained within the park take on the names of key rooms once housed inside the hotel. Plaza architecture continues to tell the site’s story’ by way of overhead trellis/shade structures detailed with a ‘railway’ theme.
Now open and busy with youth and spectators from all walks of life, the completion of the project serves as a fitting tribute to Kristopher and a compelling model for urban renewal based on an understanding of where a city has come from and how the challenges of the past may be turned into opportunities for the future.
Design of the project was undertaken by New Line Skateparks in conjunction in partnership with van der Zalm + associates and Scatliff + Miller + Murray. Our team would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this landmark project a reality.
The park is fully skateable now but check back for grand opening celebration information, slated for Spring 2011. Ride it while the weather holds!
Thanks to Cam Nikkel for the great photos from the park's "unofficial opening" this past weekend.
October 23, 2010
Chuck Bailey Youth Park - another ‘first’ for Canadian skateboarding
Chuck Bailey Youth Park - another ‘first’ for Canadian Skateboarding
New Line Skateparks - Surrey, BC, October 23, 2010
The Chuck Bailey Youth Park (Surrey, BC) will boast Canada’s first purpose-built covered outdoor skate plaza and bowl complex. Located directly adjacent to the acclaimed Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, the landmark development will cover just under 30,000 square feet of space, including a 6,500 square foot sport court, local art installations and an architecturally stunning roof structure that will cover over 5,000 square feet of world-class skateable terrain.
Skateable features will include a balanced mix of detailed obstacles ranging from custom ‘sliced bolder’ manual blocks to a transitioned vertical monolith that will act as skateable signage for the park’s main entry. However, the most sought after feature will undoubtedly be the expansive covered bowl unit which flows directly from the central plaza and provides users with a dry location to skate during the region’s many rainy periods.
With construction just getting started, the announcement of the project has already attracted considerable media attention from across the Nation, setting a new precedent for what’s possible in the development of skateable public spaces.
Keep posted for more photos and updates as our team constructs the park!
October 18, 2010
Queensborough All-Wheel Park Under Construction!
Queensborough All-Wheel Park Under Construction!
New Line Skateparks October 18, 2010 - New Westminster, BC
The completion of Queensborough All-Wheel Park (New Westminster, BC) has Metro Vancouver skaters and BMX on the edge of their seats. The park not only will not only include a unique 12,500 square foot concrete skatepark, but will also become home to a 13,500 square foot BMX dirt-jump track.
The skatepark design found inspiration from industrial drainage ditches that are often seen in skate media and are typically great places for skateboarding. The ‘ditch’ is located centrally within the facility and includes banked walls, quarter pipes and bowl sections that will allow for effortless flow around the park. The 'ditch' is complimented by coping sections, extensions and gaps as well a number of sculptural features around the park’s perimeter. A spectator viewing space with shade structures and custom shotcrete boulder seats has also been included for onlookers to stay comfortable and safe when watching the action. Just adjacent, will sit a large BMX dirt jump course designed with input from Professional BMX rider Jay Miron. The track will consist of beginner, intermediate and expert lines and will include a primary drop-in, numerous bermed corners and rhythmic jump sections.
New Line crews have now commenced construction. Look to ride Metro Vancouver’s newest all-wheel destination in early 2011!
October 17, 2010
Stevens Point, WI Skatepark – A Testament to Community Spirit!
Stevens Point, WI Skatepark – A Testament to Community Spirit!
New Line Skateparks - Stevens Point, WI, October 22, 2010
Stevens Point, WI - In the Spring of 2009, the Steven’s Point Skatepark Committee formally retained New Line Skateparks for the design of the community’s first modern concrete skatepark. It was a big step at the time, with limited community support and a significant amount of project funding still outstanding. However, the committee’s hard work and determination was not lost for a minute – with grass roots fundraising events, a community education drive, numerous grant applications, and a successful Face Book campaign pushing the project forward thereafter. The result: earlier this month (October 2010), Steven’s Point skaters’ dreams became a reality with the entire community celebrating the completion of the park (with the help of some excellent construction work by CA Skateparks). The official grand opening is scheduled for Nov 4th - keep posted for details!
Congrats to John, Jami and the entire Committee for an amazing project effort and gorgeous new park!
Picture below from Stevens Point Skatepark Facebook:
October 01, 2010
Olds, AB Centennial Park Skate Plaza
Olds, Alberta is now home to approximately 10,000 sqft of concrete bliss! The safety fences are now down just in time for some brisk fall sessions within one of the Province's top community parks. Check out the park profile for more photos, videos and other park info.
August 28, 2010
Chinook Winds Skatepark now open - Airdrie AB
The long-anticipated Chinook Winds Skatepark in Airdrie, AB is now open and ready to ride. Southern Alberta skaters are stoked to have approximately 20,000 square feet of plaza space tied into a lightening fast snake run and adjacent modern clover bowl. A big thanks to the Airdrie Extreme Athletics Association, City of Airdrie and our partners at VDZ INC and Stantec for an incredible team effort to deliver an outstanding project.
Check out our Facebook page for more photos and video of the park!
The grand opening event was well attended with the Mayor and Skatepark Committee cutting the ribbon to officially open the park. The snake run, bowl, and street course were equally used by skaters of all ages. Demos, product tosses and best-trick competitions rounded out the day, leaving everyone smiling ear to ear!
Here are some photos and video links from the event:
(thanks to JDub Photographic for the images)
August 19, 2010
A Very Busy Summer
July 05, 2010
Pool Party - Kensington Park, Vancouver
Months of buzz became a reality this July 4th as Western Canada's first legitimate pool style bowl opened in Vancouver's Historic Kensington Park!
Enjoy our latest addition to Vancouver's world renowned skatepark system, located at the corner of Dumfries and E 37th Streets. The grand opening will be held on July 17th. Read more about it in The Province.
June 28, 2010
The skaters of Umea, Sweden have some new home turf! The Umea Skate Plaza contains a large modern bowl unit, expansive linear plaza area , and 'under viaduct' miniramp complex spread over approximately 20,000 sqft of urban riverside real estate. Add to this a state of the art LED lighting scheme, plenty of colour, texture, art... and you have one of Europe's finest! The plaza opened with an official ribbon cutting followed by some serious ceremonial ripping! Photos below courtesy of Evelina.
June 24, 2010
Boerne, TX Grand Opening
Phase one of the new Boerne Skate Plaza is now complete! The quilt-work inspired design nestles seamlessly into the surrounding tree-lined hill country site. Already jam packed and stamped for approval by Boerne locals, this is a one of a kind must skate street destination on your next road trip. If you are in the area, please attend the grand opening on Saturday, June 26th. Information below:
June 02, 2010
Rob Dyrdek Foundation's Sunland Skate Plaza Begins Construction
Construction of the nearly 40,000 sqft destination plaza in Sunland Park, NM is now underway after almost 2 years of advocacy and fundraising by the local skate community! Designed by New Line Skateparks in partnership with Rob Dyrdek/The Rob Dyrdek Foundation, the plaza will serve as one of the Nation's largest high-profile street skating venues upon completion. Below are a handful of renderings of the development -- check back soon for more information on this landmark project!
May 20, 2010
Play Rwanda Initiative
New Line Skateparks' President, Kyle Dion is going to Rwanda to build a playground for the youth of Kigali. Here's an exerpt from the note he sent out recently:
Hard to believe that it’s been over a year since I first went to Rwanda with a group of people from Greater Vancouver Youth Unlimited and had my life changed forever. Following this initial trip we started Play Rwanda with the idea of changing kids lives by building epic places to play that will give amazing kids very needed play and developmental opportunities at a school in the capital city Kigali. We've also spent some time renovating classrooms, setting up a kitchen and organizing sponsorships in the school, which is part of the Rwandan organization that we partnered with to do the work. During the past year we have solidified our relationship with the Rwandan locals, and have pledged our ongoing support and help in furthering their work with the children of the community.
And here's where my ask and your part comes in!
If you take the time to watch the attached YouTube video links, you will get a taste of what we have planned for this year. As you'll see, New Line has undertaken the design and construction of what should be the best play park in Rwanda. Our hope is that we will inspire the next generation of Rwandans to swing, climb and jump to new heights.
I want to ask you to consider helping me make this project become a reality. We set out with a goal to raise $35,000 to make this projects happen and are over half way there. We still need to raise $12,500 to be able to fully fund the construction and time is short as we need to transfer the funds in mid June so we can be building in July. If we are able to reach the goal, we will be able to send you pictures in the future of the approximately 600 smiling kids in the school making good use of the facility.
If we are able to raise more than that we plan on leaving the extra behind, to be used in the feeding program we have helped set up. As the video tells, we have been able to provide a hot meal every day to the kids, to ensure that the bellies provide the nourishment the brains need to absorb the learning.
Please give me a couple more minutes, grab a coffee, and have a look at what we are involved in:
Play Rwanda Video
Any gift you give will be so appreciated and every gift over $10 earns a Canadian tax receipt.
Giving is really simple and you can do it on line at the link below or through the post at the address below. Please put a note in the comment box that it is for the play park project.
Alternatively, you can send a cheque made out to Youth Unlimited and noted for the play park projects support to:
BC V3W 1B3
For those of you that have already contributed, thank you so much for your support. For those of you that have pledged to support this project, I just want to send a friendly reminder that the money can’t be counted towards the project until it’s in the bank account!
Thanks so much for taking the time to look at this. I hope you will be as inspired by this story as I am.
A rendering of the future playground
May 12, 2010
Spryfield, NS Park Complete
The community of Spryfield, NS is now home to a brand new park. Check out the park profile for details.
March 30, 2010
Marina Park Skate Plaza wins PRO Award
Our Marina Park Skate Plaza in Thunder Bay, ON is the recipient of Parks & Recreation Ontario's (PRO) Excellence in Design Award. See article below from Thunderbay.ca
Skateboard/BMX Plaza Receives Award for Excellence in Design
|March 18, 2010
– The City of Thunder Bay’s Skateboard/BMX Plaza has earned a 2010 Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) Excellence in Design Award. The PRO committee, Board Members and staff were extremely impressed with the contributions the Skateboard/BMX Plaza has made to the community.
“This is such an exciting milestone for the local skateboard and BMX community,” said Mayor Lynn Peterson. “This plaza is a testament to what hard work and community involvement can accomplish, and it has the potential to become a destination spot for skateboarding enthusiasts across the country.”
The Excellence in Design Award will be presented next month at the PRO Conference in Niagara Falls. Myles Cizmar, Supervisor of Community Recreation, along with two members of the Thunder Bay Skatepark Coalition, will be in attendance to receive the Award on behalf of the City.
“I can’t think of a project that is more deserving of this award,” said David Tranter, Skateboard Coalition member and advocate of youth activities in Thunder Bay. “The skateboard/bmx plaza embodies all of the attributes that make for outstanding public spaces, and represents an exciting and hopeful new chapter in Thunder Bay’s development.”
The Skateboard/BMX Plaza, covering approximately 25,000 square feet, was the result of considerable community consultation and public involvement, spearheaded by the City of Thunder Bay’s Recreation & Culture Division and the Thunder Bay Skateboard Coalition. It is also a casual socializing space, set within a vibrant landscape designed to capture the spirit of Thunder Bay’s Waterfront.
The award recognizes high standards of planning, design, and community involvement, quality of aesthetics, usability, accessibility and versatility.
March 19, 2010
Cedar Park, Texas Completed!
Check out the Brushy Creek Skatepark in Cedar Park, Texas!!! Phase one of this landmark project is now complete. Keep posted for more updates.
February 02, 2010
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November 10, 2009
Construction Complete in Odessa Texas!
The Ruben Pier Memorial Skatepark, located within Sherwood Park in Odessa, Texas is now open! Construction was completed in October 2009 with the help of our friends at SPA Skateparks and the park looks amazing. Check the Ruben Pier Memorial Skatepark Page for more information on the park including pictures and description.
October 25, 2009
New Park in London, ON!
The new park in London, Ontario was recently completed. Check the park project page for more information on the park including pictures, description, and video.
September 25, 2009
Fantasy Factory featured in SBC Skateboard and Concrete Skateboarding
The Spring 2009 issue of SBC Skateboard Magazine and the April 2009 issue of Concrete Skateboarding both have articles about New Line and Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory. Read the articles below:
Dyrdek + New Line = The Fantasy Factory Plaza
Concrete Skateboarding magazine, Vol.2, #99 (April ‘09), p.92
words: Frank Daniello
Prior to a working relationship developing between Rob Dyrdek and New Line Skateparks, it’s doubtful that Kyle Dion ever thought his park design skills would eventually find their way onto the set of Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory – MTV’s second series featuring the DC Pro.
Dyrdek’s alignment with the Metro Vancouver-based skatepark outfit began when his initial push to get quality skate plazas built in the US exposed him to some of New Line’s advanced projects in Canada.
“It started when Rob came up to skate the Vancouver plaza just after the Kettering, Ohio plaza had opened,” explains Dion, President of New Line Skateparks Inc. “Kettering was marked as the first skate plaza, which was great for the movement, but the Vancouver one was actually done about a year before that, in 2003. He’d also heard about The Forks in Winnipeg after it just opened in 2006, because all these Pros were talking about it.”
Dyrdek was able to spend a lot of time developing the Kettering design, and he wanted the whole plaza movement to evolve further. However, once he got involved with MTV’s Rob & Big, he couldn’t balance the full-time commitment that being a skatepark designer requires. In 2006, Dyrdek was doing some consulting on a large-scale plaza in Sunland Park, New Mexico – a project that called upon New Line’s design expertise.
“We just came in and made it completely skateable,” says Dion. “After that process, Rob was pretty sold on us and it led to another plaza project in Santiago, Chile. DC distributors from around the world started contacting DC and asking about this plaza foundation [Rob Dyrdek/DC Shoes Skate Plaza Foundation]. The way the foundation works is the municipality raises money for the project locally, and the foundation provides a New Line design for the project. We’re helping to push the vision of the plaza outside of the foundation as well, and they’re helping to push us. It’s a pretty good relationship.”
With a collaborative partnership in place and some successful skatepark projects already established, there was a natural inclination for Dyrdek to involve Dion and Trevor Morgan (Vice President of New Line) when the Fantasy Factory’s development timeline reached the hyper-speed levels of “T-Rex” – Dyrdek’s three-wheeled superbike.
“The idea for the show was that Rob wanted to create a place where he was basically like Willy Wonka and makes all his dreams come true. We started talking in September ’08,” Dion explains. “I literally flew down to LA, and we locked ourselves in a room for 14 hours to work out a design. Construction on the concrete plaza started like a week later and California Skateparks got involved. Probably from when Rob and I had the initial discussion, they were filming four weeks later. It was crazy. His office structure in the Fantasy Factory was actually designed by a production person from MTV, so we kind of worked off that. The plaza has integrated landscaping, and the colours and textures that were chosen turned out really well. Since the floor is concrete, we built the plaza up on these big styrofoam blocks. Rob’s office is raised since it has a garage underneath for his T-Rex car thing, and a spiral staircase leads up. He also wanted to be able to skate directly out of his office, so the plaza flows out from there.”
SBC Skateboard Magazine Spring 2009
September 21, 2009
New Park in Vaxjo, Sweden
New Line's latest international project is complete. The 10,000 square foot park in Vaxjo, Sweden opened last week and the local skaters are thrilled. Check the park profile for more photos and details. The official grand opening was on September 19th. Also check out www.vaxjoskate.se for more photos like the ones below. Click here for video of the event featuring the Streetlab team.
September 08, 2009
Canmore Skatepark Now Open!
July 28, 2009
C1RCA Team in Winnipeg at Komenda Park
Last week, members of the C1RCA team came to the Michael Komenda Memorial Skatepark in Winnipeg to celebrate the release of Tony Tave's pro model shoe. Magnus Hanson, Sierra Fellers, and Tony Tave all ripped in the park's first major event. Check the photos below and the video here. Most photos by Cam Nikkel.
July 20, 2009
Callingwood Plaza in Edmonton is Open!
The Callingwood Plaza in Edmonton, AB is open and ready to rip! Check the photos below and our videos page for some coverage. The Red Dragon team will be doing a demo there on July 30th.
July 15, 2009
Seattle Center Sea SK8 Open!
The Seattle Center Sea SK8 park is now open! A good mix of street and transition sent the locals into a frenzy on opening day. Did we mention there are skateable sculptures and a glass wallride?!! Check out the photos below. Thanks to Seattle Skateparks.
June 30, 2009
Canada's First Pool Opens in Thunder Bay
The final phase of the Marina Park Skate Plaza in Thunder Bay, ON is fully skateable and features Canada's first concrete pool-style bowl in a skatepark setting. The grand opening was held on June 27th and was attended by many local skaters, media, and spectators. Skate teams from Vancouver (Antisocial) and Winnipeg (Green Apple) also made the trip to enjoy this one of a kind park.
Special thanks to our finishing crew: Nick Dion, Colin Dion, Brent Eftoda, and Jeff Doll for making this pool perfect.
Click on this link to watch a video of the pool session: pool video link
June 23, 2009
Monke Skateboards King of Concrete / Irie on the Island Tour and Comp
The crew from Monke Skateboards is hitting some of BC's best parks this summer!
First on the agenda is King of the Concrete, a skate competition that is open to all. It's being held at the Thomas Haney Plaza in Maple Ridge on June 25th. Check the poster below for more details.
From there the team meets up with the Kitsch posse and heads out to the Island for a little tour. They'll be hitting Vic West, Nanaimo, and Campbell River parks, among others. There is a poster with all the dates and times below.
June 16, 2009
DC Nationals set to hit 5 New Line parks in 2009
Summer is finally here and with it comes skate competitions! This year's DC Nationals series of competitions will be held at several New Line parks across Canada. The Winnipeg qualifier was held at the Plaza at The Forks on June 13th. Cochrane is hosting on June 27th and the Railside Park in Port Coquitlam goes down on July 4th. Regina's competition is on July 11th at the Regina Skate Plaza. See www.dcnationals.com for more information. Here's a video from the competition at the Plaza at The Forks.
June 03, 2009
City of El Mirage Skate Plaza Complete
The City of El Mirage is now home to Arizona's first skate plaza! Read more about the project and view more photos of the completed plaza here. The park will open this summer so watch for details.
May 26, 2009
New York Times Features Ed Bendict Plaza
The New York Times asked New Line's Kyle Dion about the environmentally-friendly features of our newly constructed Ed Benedict skatepark in Portland, OR. Click the link above for the article or read the text below:
Skateparks Start to Go Green
By Kate Galbraith
The recently opened Ed Benedict skatepark in Portland, Ore., offers some unusual sights: Trees. And plants. And rocks. And dirt.
Young men jump and tumble on the concrete ramps, gliding around the small patch of nature.
“Most skateparks in Oregon don’t have, like, trees or plants,” said Diego Lopez, an 18-year-old local, as he sat on a ledge watching the action (he had rolled his ankle a few days before).
The park, he added, “looks like a real Portland spot.”
Like this one in Portland, which opened in February, a handful of skateparks around the country are built with the environment in mind. Some incorporate recycled materials, like the pioneering Green Skate Lab that opened in Washington, D.C. a few years ago and makes use of old tires.
But often, especially in rainy areas like the Pacific Northwest, the goal is better management of the water that can cascade off the concrete during a storm. The Portland park’s two “bio filtration islands” help the water to re-enter the ground more gradually.
“It’s not a massive amount of water compared to parking lots and roads,” said Kyle Dion, the president and owner of New Line Skateparks, which designed the Portland park.
Still, he added, “It’s all about finding a balance between the natural environment and the built or developed environment.” Skaters also like the “gaps and obstacles,” he noted.
Adding environmentally friendly features is not always easy. It often costs more, and “concrete isn’t the greenest thing to be involved in,” observed Colby Carter, who handles marketing for California Skateparks, which built the Portland park.
But Mr. Dion said that since the Portland park — one of his company’s first — had been built it had sparked interest elsewhere. “Now that we’ve done it, every single community is interested,” he said.
April 25, 2009
Faith-based youth camp private park nears completion!
A private park at a youth camp on Vancouver Island is nearly complete! The park features a wide variety of modern street and bowl terrain linked together by a lightning fast 'boardercross' style skate path through the site's surrounding old growth forest -- a truly one of a kind park and a seriously unreal skate experience! Other characteristics of this unique park include the dynamic colouring of the park's features and transitions, 'euro gap', and and endless options for flowing lines.
Not only is this park a 'must skate' but it will serve as Canada's first modern concrete skatepark in a private summer camp setting.
February 24, 2009
First Dyrdek Safe Skate Spot opens in Downtown LA!
On Tuesday the movement continued in Los Angeles as Skate Plaza visionary Rob Dyrdek opened the world's first Safe Spot, Skate Spot at Lafayette Recreational Park. A thousand kids were joined by LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, camera news crews and reporters, a Fuel TV crew, and magazine reps. The locals, their families, the DC team and the industry were all on hand for the opening of skateboarding's newest landmark, and the start of the era of the Safe Spot Skate Spot.
In early 2008, New Line Skateparks began working alongside Rob Dyrdek to expand the Plaza Foundation's offerings to include a program that would specifically reach out to communities with limited budgets and/or space restrictions. The result was the creation of the Safe Spot Skate Spot Urban Renewal Development Program – and as of February 24, 2009 - the completion of Downtown LA’s first legitimate site-built concrete Skate Spot in Lafayette Park! The park was constructed in less than 4 weeks by our friends at California Skateparks - thanks guys. Read the full story below courtesy of DCSHOES.COM
The opening ceremonies began around three o'clock as Dyrdek got L.A. city council members up on his giant skateboard (the largest one ever made) for a little ride across the spot. It was pretty crazy to see Dyrdek, simply a great skateboarder and business owner to most of us, riding a skateboard and rubbing elbows with the mayor of one of the biggest cities in the world. Dyrdek has reached a new level for real.
Then came the welcoming speeches. In his, Dyrdek reinforced his long-term goal of making many more spots just like Lafayette all over the city of Los Angeles. Thanks to the cooperation of the city, this is the first legal street skateboarding spot of many. He said, "This is the future of the sport. We are not trying to over build and force features into a space, but creating a handful of obstacles in a place we call a spot."
Ribbon cutting was next, and Dyrdek joined LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to slice the red ribbon. The spot was officially open to the public with the sun shining but quickly setting. The kids rushed in to be among the first to session the spot, hitting the benches, stairs, handrails, and even a skateable star bank -- it's 9000 square feet of street skating in all. They'd seen it being built over the last 3 weeks from outside the fence, but Tuesday was their first real chance to skate its pristine terrain smack dab in the middle of downtown L.A.
It was a good scene to start Laffayette off right: the team, local government officials, kids and families all packing the spot to celebrate its birth. Spotted in the crowd were DC riders Rob Dyrdek, Josh Kalis, PJ Ladd, Ryan Smith, Lindsey Robertson, Greg Myers, Wes Kremer, and Marquise Henry. Also in attendance were Steve Berra, Braydon Szafranski, Giovanni Reda, and Anthony Van Engelen.
As dark fell the crowds began to disperse, with the spot open from today on as a new hub for legal street skateboarding -- no pads or tickets at this free spot. Skate it at 625 South Lafayette Park Place, Los Angeles, CA 90057 (near the intersection of Commonwealth and Wilshire).
We’ll let the grand opening pictures (below) speak for themselves… For more information on the Rob Dyrdek/DC Shoe Co Plaza Foundation Plaza Foundation initiatives and how you can get involved, check out www.skateplaza.com and see our featured projects section.
Rob Dyrdek and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa introduce Downtown Los Angeles' first legitimate skate spot
Wes Kremer, frontside flip to break in the Lafayette spot (photo courtesy DCSHOES.COM)
The world's largest skateboard (built by our friends CA Skateparks) makes an appearance at the grand opening celebrations!
February 13, 2009
New Line awarded Cedar Park, TX
New Line Skatepark is proud to be working with the City of Cedar Park, TX and trusted partners, SPA Skateparks, on the much anticipated Brushy Creek Skatepark! Design is set to begin March 2009 with construction slated to kick off mid summer. Keep posted for the latest design and construction updates.
February 07, 2009
Ed Benedict Skate Plaza, Portland Oregon...
Portland's first legitimate skate plaza is open for business!
This distinctly organic design features approximately 16,000 square feet of skateable terrain punctuated with green channels and 2 major bio filtration islands. The project is largely recognized as Portland’s first legitimate plaza based skate facility and one of the Pacific Northwest's first ‘Green’ skatepark developments. The design was developed in close collaboration with local skater and artist, Dan Garland, and features a number of custom sculptural elements, stamp patterns and diverse material combinations.
Construction was completed by our friends at California Skateparks in early February - Thanks guys!
The facility is located at Ed Benedict Park in SE Portland at about 109th and SE Powell Blvd.
A big thanks from the New Line team to everyone who worked so hard to make this project a reality! ENJOY!
Early action pics below from Chad Balcom, skateandannoy.com, earthpatrolmedia.com
For more info, click here to see our feature profile on this park.
Ed Benedict Skate Plaza - photo: Chad Balcom
Super Unknown sailing the gap - photo: earthpatrolmedia.com
photo: KILWAG www.skateandannoy.com
Suspended Halfpipe Entry - photo: Chald Balcom
'Tread Lightly' manual cut-out - photo: Chad Balcom
February 01, 2009
New Line teams with Rob Dyrdek and MTV for Fantasy Factory
Professional skateboarder, philanthropist and MTV star, Rob Dyrdek is at it again! Filming is now underway for Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory - the follow up to the original hit MTV show Rob and Big. Picture the most ridiculous, far fetched and hilarious dream you've ever had and you're on the right track for a typical episode of the new season.
The show is based out of a warehouse turned 'Fantasy Factory' in downtown LA where a custom concrete skate plaza (jointly developed with our friends at California Skateparks), basketball complex, foam pit, corporate dream office, toy machine, and bizarre celebrity encounters collide to create each new adventure. MTV has officially announced the show premier date for February 8, 2009. Check out the link to MTV's site for more info.
For info on other Dyrdek skate plaza initiatives with our team, see the feature on our Rob Dyrdek/DC Shoes Skate Plaza Foundation projects.
Check out the sneak peak pics of the ‘Factory’ below.
Plaza entry and Rob's office
Rob on a test run
a look inside Rob's office digs
Plaza under construction (shown Rob Dyrdek and Joe Ciaglia - Owner/Super Builder, CA Skateparks)
late night design session - Trevor Morgan, Meaty, Rob and Kyle Dion
Kyle Dion and Rob hashing the final details at the Factory
March 06, 2008
Callingwood Plaza - Edmonton, Alberta
New Line Skateparks has been selected by the City of Edmonton to begin work on the design and construction of an expansive skate plaza in the west end community of Callingwood. Big plans are in store for the project with an emphasis on authentic urban form, unique materials detailing and a significant skateable sculpture component. Design refinement work is scheduled to begin soon with an anticipated summer construction. Keep posted for completed concept images soon!
Inspiration for some of the transition elements presented in the preliminary desgin - Frank Hirrata in Guadalajara.
January 06, 2008
Maritimes Madness - 4 parks set to hit construction
Martimes skaters are stoked! 4 New Line Parks have now come on line with 3 set for completion this season. In Nova Scotia, design work is well underway in Annapolis Royal and the much awaited Truro and Fall River parks will be in the ground just in time for some Fall sessions - check out the latest design renderings and early construction pics will be posted soon.
A skip away, Canada's oldest incorporated City, Saint John NB, is days away from the final sign-off to commence construction on the region's first downtown skate plaza! Just off the City's central harbour area, the plaza will consist of 15,000 sqft of carefully detailed terrain, most of which will be covered by massive over head vehicle bridges. This will be a must skate on your season's end road trip! Check out the plaza blog for pics of the latest construction progress.
Keep posted for more updates soon!
January 01, 2008
Home Park Downtown Plaza and Bowl - Austin, TX
Austin will soon be home to the Regoin’s first downtown plaza and modern bowl unit designed specifically for the skate and BMX community. The $1.2 Million project is the result of a truly grass roots initiative, involving the ongoing lobby and oversight of the Austin Public Skatepark Action Committee and other passionate community volunteers and advocates. At approximately 30,000 sqft, the project will include an expansive urban plaza and stand alone bowl complex detailed with various skateable art and sculpture installations inspired by the City’s iconic music scene. Design development included multiple public workshops with an average attendance of 70+ members of the community. Check out a couple pics of the workshops and some of our latest design renderings below…
January 06, 2007
New Line receives prized National Honour Award from Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
Who would have thought... skateboarding takes center stage at the Nation's top landscape architecture/urban design awards with New Line Skateparks receiving the National Honour Award for the Plaza at the Forks. The National Honour Award represents the highest yearly recognition possible from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) – Canada’s foremost governing body for professionals involved in the design and planning of parks, open spaces, public institutions, roadways, neighborhoods and communities.
'The Plaza at the Forks'', which was completed in collaboration with Scatliff Miller Murray - of Winnipeg, van der Zalm + associates, KGS Group and PCL Construction, has gained significant notoriety across the world over the last 8 months (see details on our Featured Projects page found here. New Line is honored to be recognized in this category along side of some well respected firms from across Canada.
January 01, 2007
Unveiling of Forks Plaza has international skate community taking a second look...
On June 30th, exploding fireworks signaling the opening of the Forks Plaza could be heard around the world. In merely seconds, barely an inch of surface was visible as over 6000 locals, top pros, politicians and international media rushed to experience what has been touted by many as this 'year's most anticipated grand opening in North America skateboarding’.
Covering a total area of over 44,000 square feet, the Forks consists of a meticulously detailed skateable sculpture plaza and expansive modern bowl complex tied seamlessly into the heart of downtown Winnipeg’s urban fabric. Skateable terrain caters to virtually everyone with a myriad of real street and transition influenced features split into two main areas:
The plaza is another New Line first, not only in North America, but around the world. To date, the level of aesthetic detailing, site integration, incorporation of sculpture and art, and positioning within the urban context is unmatched by existing skate facilities. The Plaza is open to everyone across all generations and will soon tie directly into the entrance of the Canadian Human Rights museum.
For more pics check out the following links:
Central Plaza - 29,000 sqft.: Inspired by prized skate spots around the world and the local arts community, the main plaza area is made up of a endless combination of stair sets, banks, rails and ledges set within a host of custom sculptures and other art pieces - the majority of which are skateable. ‘Must skates’ include the notched vert wall, the 'Magic Carpet' - a super elevated ribbon track, granite capped ledges and blocks, acid etched hip, and series of slappy ledges.
Bowl Complex: Separate and adjacent to the Central Plaza, lies an 8,500 sqft. bowl unit combining traditional pool and modern coping lines. Walls begin at 5 feet and progress through a series of hips, elevators, extensions, and a pump bump to a massive 17 foot cradle and 13 foot over vert pocket.
January 01, 2007
Canada to lead North American Plaza development in 2007
Thunder Bay, ON and Brandon, MB projects just awarded
2 new urban skate plaza's set to hit Ontario and Manitoba in 2007! New Line Skateparks has just been awarded Marina Park Skate Plaza - Thunder Bay, ON and the Downtown Brandon Skate Plaza - Brandon, MB. With significant development budgets, premier water front and downtown sites, plans for expansive art and sculpture installations, and a commitment to creating some of the world's best skateable public space, prepare for a serious migration towards Canada's center - east. The 2 new plaza's will join New Line's landmark Downtown Vancouver Skate Plaza and world renowned Plaza at the Forks to complete a network of world class urban skate destinations across Canada. ***STORY UNDER DEVELOPMENT - MORE TO COME SOON***
January 01, 2007
New Line Awarded Nelson BC Skate Plaza
After a long road in the planning phase, the Kootney Lake Skatepark Society has been given the green light to develop design work for an urban skate plaza and bowl unit in the downtown core of the famed mountain community. Look out for some truly unique design detailing as Nelson will undoubtedly be showcasing it's renowned art community throughout development. New Line will begin concept work with project partner van der Zalm + associates immediately for a planned construction window of Fall 2007/Spring 2008.
Ryan Bobier - Gap to Nose Grind at New Line's Prince Albert Skatepark Photo: Owen Woytowich
January 01, 2006
Tofino skaters are stoked...
Tofino skaters are stoked watching the concrete flow daily in Tuff City Skatepark. With 3 amazing weeks of weather on our side the crew has made some amazing progress. This park is shaping up to be an great addition to the already amazing scene in Tofino.
Keep posted for some construction photos!!!
(if the guys would stop spending so much time surfing after work they might remember to send me so photos to post!)
January 01, 2006
From Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia, 2006 will see more new parks than ever...
Thank you Canada!
From Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia, park development has never been stronger. The NLS team has hit the ground running in 2006 for the most municipal concrete skateparks to date. Everyone at the office and in the field would like to pass on their thanks - we've made a lot of new friends over the last 7 years and we're looking forward to making many more!
Start planning your road trips now. The prairies will be looking more like B.C's lower main land than feilds of wheat this year. 10 new NLS parks - yes 10 - are already in the works across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, including the North America's largest urban skate plaza and bowl complex (The Forks) in downtown Winnipeg.
Out east, watch out for new parks opening in Brockville, Hamilton, Acton, Saugeen Shores, Orangeville, Wychward Barns (T.O.), Colonel Sam Sanders Park (T.O.) and a couple more we'll keep a secret for now.
In the Maritimes, locals will be stoked on Bathurst, NB's soon to be completed park as well as a new skatespot on the Shearwater Department of National Defense Base near Halifax, NS. More are in the works here too - keep posted for the latest news.
Finally, B.C. is still leading the charge with a host of new parks set to open on the Island and throughout the interior.
We'll bring you up to speed on a couple of other projects underway south of the border and over the Atlantic in the next weeks. For now, hope for an early spring and we'll see you out skating soon. Thank you again Canada!
Check out the latest Forks construction pics
The construction of this cradle is another story in itself - it was transported to the site by police escort in the wee morning hours before this shot was taken by local media
Volunteer day at the park (Penticton)
Check out the latest construction photos of Penticton (BCs largest skatepark to date) The bowl unit 'shaping up'
January 01, 2006
Recently completed POCO park featured on cover of 2006 Concrete Powder Skatepark Guide
New Line makes cover of Canadian Skatepark Guide Again!
In addition to the cover photo of Paul Machnau ripping at Port Coquitlam, 10 other New Line parks receive coverage in some amazing skate shots and 17 parks are new to the listing. Thanks to the dedicated crew at Concrete Powder for another stacked edition and making this summer's road trip that much easier!
January 01, 2005
Zero Team Visits Kamloops
The Zero team recently visited New Lines newest concrete beauty in Kamloops BC on their way to Slam City Jam. All the riders loved the park and took no time to 'destroy' all the handrails and ledges that grace this amazing park. Look for photos of the demo in the kamloops projects folder.
January 01, 2005
Port Coquitlam is finally...
Railside Skatepark Open for Business
Port Coquitlam is finally finished!!! At over 35,000 square feet the Railside Adventure Park in Port Coquitlam will be the largest outdoor youth activity park in British Columbia. Spread over 2 acres of Lions Park this facility boasts a large street park, urban terrain area, modern monster bowl unit, a 350' long funtrack as well as basketball/hockey court with lots of green space for hanging out and spectating.
Check out the latest construction photos.
January 01, 2005
Success of Vancouver Plaza sparks new development across Canada and beyond
The success of the Vancouver Skate Plaza has swept beyond the local press, finding it's way into even more international media coverage and sparking the development of 2 more plaza projects by New Line Skateparks Inc. This month, check out the Vancouver Skate Plaza Case Study written by internationally respected skatepark advocacy group: Skaters for Public Skateparks. The article may be found online here. The full story includes a history of the Vancouver project and it's process as well as a number of interviews from pro skaters to the New Line team and the Vancouver Skatepark Coalition.
If you want to see what skating the Vancouver Skate Plaza is all about check out this link. Or check out the 3d pano here.
Now, on the topic of new projects... 2 more New Line designed plazas are scheduled for construction. If everything goes as planned, our friends down south in Wilmington, Delaware and the locals in Winnipeg, Manitoba will soon be home to what will be now a trio of World Class 'real street' gems. Check our concrete projects page soon for the full stories and concept renderings of each plaza.
The Forks Skate Plaza Concept Now Complete!! Check the latest images here.
January 01, 2005
NLS Delivers LARGE for Penticton...
New Destination Park Hits the Okanagan!
Penticton's new Riverside park will soon be the largest skatepark in BC. Park terrain will comprise an area over 30,000 square feet and will surpass VicWest (28,000 sqft), Kamloops (27,000 sqft) and Poco's Railside (29,000 sqft) as the largest skate facility around. Construction has started and work is underway for a massive Spring 2006 skate season.
If that was not enough, look to skate more NLS Okanagan gems (Keremeos, Osoyoos, Greenwood, and Peachland) in Spring 2006 as well. Keep posted to our projects pages for the latest updates!!!
October 02, 2004
Legit Granite in Downtown Vancouver!
After six year's of hard work, street skaters in Vancouver now have a great new skate spot to session. The park was recently opened to the masses and so far it's been nothing but big smiles and amazing sessions. Special attention was focused on the details of this park and as a result skaters now have a legitimate spot to skate granite ledges, a brick bank hip and a number of other fun and unique items.