Eagan, MN – Lexington-Diffley Skatepark – 2018

  • Andrew Pimental Director of Parks and Recreation

  • Designer and Builder Stantec – Kanten Russell; Global specialties construction

  • Would you recommend your designer/builder?yes on both

  • Approx. Cost – $325,000

  • Year Completed – 2018

  • Email – apimental@cityofeagan.com

Skatepark Amenities

  • Concrete – Primary Hard Surface of Facility

  • Shade structure

  • Public seating, Resting area(s), Observation area

  • Bike Racks

Is your community skatepark project a success and/or a good value for the cost of investment?

Yes, it was a success.

Has your community skatepark location/site workout well? Would you change or make suggestions on favorable site locations?

It was the same site as our older modular skate park, so this question is hard to know the answer. The access and location has always been good at this location.

Please provide skatepark user observations/estimates

  • Daily # users – 150

  • Use Before 12Noon – 15%

  • Use 12Noon-6PM – 60%

  • Use After 6PM – 25%

  • Male – 85%

  • Female – 15%

  • 12yrs & under – 33%

  • 13-19yrs old – 47%

  • 20yrs & over – 20%

  • Skateboard Use – 60%

  • BMX Bike Use – 5%

  • Scooter Use – 35%

  • RollerBlade/RollerSkate Use – 0

Briefly describe your skatepark facilities maintenance needs and estimated yearly costs?

Minimal maintenance needed, est. on annual costs approximately $2,500.

If your community were to redo or start over on your skatepark project, what would you do differently?

At first we considered modular because of costs, we went away from that after our public engagement meetings, if we did it again, we would have started with only concrete as an option

Does your municipality show a need and/or would you consider a larger or another skatepark facility?

Not at this time

What have you experienced and observed as barriers to providing quality skateboard facilities?

Up front costs is no doubt a barrier. Lack of grant funding is also a challenge for non urban environments.

Any additional thoughts/ideas to help communities provide quality skateparks?

Listen to the user base, and also understand these can be more of a destination park amenity if done well.