Designing a 10,000 sf skatepark that will fit on the existing plot situated on Parks and Recreation land is our first goal. It costs money to get a professional design, but after listening to local skaters about the features they want to see, Dan, our design advocate, came up with this:
The 2,000 sf Bonners Ferry Skatepark currently sits on a lot that is approximately 100' x 200'. This design concept utilizes most of that space.
The existing facilities are shown in this concept drawing to show the scope of the project for those people who are familiar with the current skatepark.
Everyone agrees that some design features are non-negotiable, such as a bowl, a pump track, and stairs. Incorporating unique motifs, such as the sturgeon pictured above, can make our skatepark unique, and interesting features are attractive.
A new skatepark could be anywhere, but the existing skatepark has several features that many people feel make it an ideal location, including:
Dreaming big is fun, but everyone understands that we won't be able to fit all of the features in one skatepark. The most important features to the group include a bowl, a pump track, and stairs.
A water fountain is one of the most important resources local skaters need. There is currently no access to drinking water at the skatepark.
Lighting is an important feature, and there is currently no lighting in the area. Without proper lighting, it's easier for youth to engage in illegal activities, and the park is less safe overall. Therefore, lighting is a primary concern for the BCSA.
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