Shoreview, MN – Shoreview Commons Park – 2019

Community Skatepark Project

  • Gary Chapman Building & Grounds Superintendent

  • Designer and Builder – Spohn Ranch

  • Would you recommend your designer/builder? Yes, they were very good to work with.

  • Approx. Cost – $357,000

  • Year Completed – 2019

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Your Skatepark Amenities

  • Concrete – Primary Hard Surface of Facility

  • Lighting

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

  • Skate Bowl

  • Bike Racks

  • Garbage/Recycle Bins

  • Any other skatepark amenities of note::

  • indoor restrooms and drinking fountain coming in phase 2

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

We had a skatepark previously at Commons, but this one has been a very huge success

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

The only thing we wish we did differently was to have a shade structure closer to the skatepark

Please provide skatepark user observations/estimates

  • Daily # users – 50 to 70 depending on the weather

  • Use Before 12Noon – 25%

  • Use 12Noon-6PM – 50%

  • Use After 6PM – 25%

  • Male – 80%

  • Female – 20%

  • 12yrs & under – 20%

  • 13-19yrs old – 30%

  • 20yrs & over – 50%

  • Skateboard Use – 60%

  • BMX Bike Use – 10%

  • Scooter Use – 20%

  • RollerBlade/RollerSkate Use – 10%

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

Being a concrete surface, there hasn’t been a lot. Mostly trash so far. About $20,000.

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

Add a shade structure closer to it.

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

We have been asked for a larger one, but we do not have the room for it

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

The language and behavior of some of the users of skateparks made it hard for some residents to accept.

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

The plaza style skatepark that we installed is the only way to go. We had a metal frame with skate-lite before and it was constant work keeping it open.