Final Drafts of The Skate Park

21 December 2010

We have finally narrowed down the final designs of the skate park. Though the original plans were to build a plaza, we received feedback from skaters looking for transitions as well, and being a heavy street scene in the bible belt of bowl skating didn’t help either. All in all we still feel it is a pretty well rounded design that should provide a little bit for everyone.

It is essentially the same design as before, with the addition of a long 2ft tall quarter pipe around the left end, a small 3 set ledge/manual pad, and now one long single ledge instead of two separate ledges on top of the bank in the middle of the course.

Even though these are the final drafts, feel free to let us know what you think, and like before you can click on each image below to see an enlarged version. Cross your fingers and ask Santa Clause for a short winter and dry spring so we can start on this as soon as possible.

The Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation - Final Drafts of The Skate Park

The Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation - Final Drafts of The Skate Park

The Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation - Final Drafts of The Skate Park

The Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation - Final Drafts of The Skate Park

The Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation - Final Drafts of The Skate Park

The Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation - Final Drafts of The Skate Park

  • Eric - Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 - 8:41 am

    Please, please make the coping right and sexy!

  • Casey - Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 - 8:51 am

    I’m not really feeling the joining of the box ledges on top of the pyramid thing. So much for the gap. Ha But I like the park overall. I’m pumped.

  • Washburn - Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 - 3:58 pm

    Lookin’ good.

  • Eric Cunningham - Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 - 4:16 pm

    By the way guys, the shallow end of the clover is now 5 feet, so it’ll be skatable for people just learning to skate transitions, as well as provide larger transitions for more advanced skaters. And ‘other eric’ you should really put a last name on your stuff so I don’t have and identity crisis :P

  • Alan Hughes (author) - Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 - 5:47 pm

    Hahaha, I even sent you an email asking about that, Eric C.

    I’m pretty sure that must be Eric Brown, a rollerblader, wanting to be sure the coping isn’t sunk in flush with the deck.

  • Eric Cunningham - Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 - 11:15 pm

    Aaaahh, haha well I don’t think he’ll have to worry about that (if he’s talking about the bowl anyways) since it’ll have pool coping all the way around :P I feel like a hypocrite now, but I’m actually kinda pumped for the clover now haha. It’s definitely grown on me, and especially since we made the shallow a little shorter :)

  • Alan Hughes (author) - Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 - 12:26 am

    I’m pretty sure most of Marietta’s bowl is 5ft deep.

  • Eric Cunningham - Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 - 11:54 am

    Well, there are two parts that are about 5 1/2 feet, then it slopes up to about 7-8 on the side near the cradle, and it waterfalls down into an 8 foot tight pocket on the far end.. and of course the 10 foot vert wall lol. and it’s gonna be a lot easier to skate a shallow end that’s 5 feet on both sides than it is to pump all the way around marietta and get speed to hit the transitions they have there. The shallow end can be skated back-and-forth style.

  • Eric Cunningham - Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 - 11:56 am

    I’m not saying some kid’s gonna be able to step on a skateboard for the first time and drop in and shred the shallow, but it’s not going to be something so intimidating that people who want to skate it won’t be able to (like marietta :P)

  • Alan (author) - Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 - 10:28 pm

    I think more people will end up skating this bowl just because the street course right next to it. People will be there more often to skate street and will be much more likely to get bored one day and randomly decided to try and skate the bowl.

  • Jon Stalnaker - Thursday, December 30th, 2010 - 3:13 pm

    And once they skate the bowl they’ll be hooked! TEAM TRANSITION

  • Alan (author) - Thursday, December 30th, 2010 - 7:30 pm

    lol, Team Transition. I’m looking forward to skating it just to get some exercise, this 40 hour a week computer nerd thing is turning me into a lazy slob.

  • Erlend Bjørklund - Saturday, January 1st, 2011 - 11:29 am

    Definetly liking this park.
    I can’t wait to come and visit sometime and be able to skate this place!
    I gotta say though, since transition has never been my thing I’m a little skeptical on the clover but I’m sure it’ll turn out fun.
    Oh, and I guess that makes me Street Squad! :p

  • Eric Cunningham - Saturday, January 1st, 2011 - 1:37 pm

    Hahah I’m pumped for everything. Team Switzerland!!! :P

  • Alan (author) - Saturday, January 1st, 2011 - 7:06 pm

    Switzerland? I thought you were Team Paris?

  • Eric Cunningham - Saturday, January 1st, 2011 - 11:33 pm

    Haha nah, that’s Erlend again :p I’m switzerland! Hurray for neutrality!

  • Chad W - Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 - 2:44 am

    Honestly though the fatter rail near the three ledges that goes into the bank looks really pointless should get rid of it or extend it down the bank and make it a real rail. Also in that same area I see it being a place with alot of collision due to that being the only hip and we know skate boarders love hip tricks.

    Also the long and fun looking ledges for rollerblading may be a bit badly place because you only have a flat run up to build momentum for the bank

  • Chad W - Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 - 2:44 am

    Also round coping on street ledges

  • Ryan Mossburg - Monday, January 3rd, 2011 - 11:44 am

    dude just saying how sick would a grind on the small tranny to grind the top of the round ledge… stoked

  • Joe Petrush - Monday, January 3rd, 2011 - 6:52 pm

    Ya know the step up euro thing by the elbow quarterpipe? I think it should be extended all the way until it hits the qp. It would be a lot easier to hit! Other than that, pumped as heck!!!

  • Chad W - Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 - 1:47 am

    I don’t know maybe it is just me but that bowl looks like such a waste of space it is so huge and looks like it won’t flow at all.

  • Cole - Friday, January 14th, 2011 - 9:50 pm

    What happened to the stairs in the pool pocket? I thought we decided at the meeting that it would have stairs? Every skateboarder needs to grind over some stairs every now and then.

  • Alan (author) - Saturday, January 15th, 2011 - 3:02 am

    If the pocket was anywhere else we could have left the stairs in, but that is the only point to hit the 3 ledges in the middle of the course from and leaving the stairs in would have completely blocked them off from that side. And since you can still hit the pocket just the same without them, it was an obvious answer.

    Putting a pocket right there was a bad idea anyways, what are you gonna do drop in on the 2ft tall bank on the other side of the course and skate 100 plus feet to get to it just to do a 3ft long grind?

  • Austin - Friday, January 28th, 2011 - 6:58 pm

    I like the idea of the street and the bowl that way it gives people something to do if the bowl is too crowded or if there are people skating in your line…i also like how the bowl is separated from the street unlike Athens where it all flows together, there will be less people running into each other.

  • hand j0b - Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 - 1:30 pm

    FINALLY

  • cody ball - Sunday, March 13th, 2011 - 3:51 pm

    well i can’t wait when it this park is done cuz ive been wantin a park by my house for years lol so hurry up nd get this project done plzzz

  • KaT - Monday, April 11th, 2011 - 5:03 pm

    this is gonna be sweeeet ima skate there every day XP

  • lox - Friday, May 6th, 2011 - 11:49 pm

    concrete coping makes EVERYTHING better!

    best of luck boys and girls, looks fun!

  • Kevin K. - Sunday, May 29th, 2011 - 8:12 pm

    looking good i wish he had more street stuff, couple fun boxes.

  • Kevin K. - Sunday, May 29th, 2011 - 8:15 pm

    i take that back it looks great cant wait to skate it, and some street.

  • Jeremy N - Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 - 10:58 pm

    I don’t understand. Not that I have anything against building transitions to emulate pools and half-pipes, but the title on the website(and the videos on YouTube), say “Skate Plaza,” which is what is also needed in this state. Specifically, a Skate Plaza is more closely designed after actual street spots and situations(stairs with rails/ledges, banked ledges, benches/pads, grass gaps, banks, architecturally sound structures that happen to be skate-able, even transitions that look like it were in a business district. Reiterating, I’m not saying that it’s wrong that you are building a skateboard park that is designed with various transitions and a small street section, but West Virginia already has a few good parks similar to the idea that is depicted on the CAD drawing plans. Most people that skate in WV are street skaters, so that should be put into consideration more in this state. You should change the title to “Parkersburg Skateboard Park Foundation” because the CAD drawings do not depict what a Plaza actually is. Thank you.

  • Jeremy N - Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 - 11:03 pm

    Also, I did read the above caption, and I understand that some of your feedback consisted of the desire to have emulated swimming pools and half-pipes. Maybe later on a skate plaza can be built, which would be ideal within the city, because that is where skateboarding has always been, and most kids that skateboard have to find a ride to come to skate parks such as the pictures above, which is discouraging for those that do not have a ride to their local park. Concluding, over look my comments, I’m sure this has been mentioned before.

  • Alan Hughes (author) - Friday, July 1st, 2011 - 1:32 am

    Hey Jeremy, I agree with most of what you said. It is obviously strange to have transitions at what is suppose to be a plaza, even stranger to hire Grindline to build it and include a crazy clover bowl.

    The Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation was created by Roy and Shirely Collins in 2005 and the plans had always been to build a plaza with a few transitions (a quarter pipe or two and a launch/grind box maybe). But over the last 6 years plans have slowly been influenced more and more until it got to the point where it is now.

    I actually don’t think the ratio is far off from the original idea, just instead of a few transitions around the street, they are all put into one bowl. I do feel the street course lacks a lot for advanced street skaters.

  • David Petrush - Saturday, July 9th, 2011 - 12:28 pm

    i would just keep the park how it is. its WAY better than nothin. i dont care whether people make changes to it or not, im just pumped to finally have a skatepark

  • Jon Stalnaker - Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 - 12:05 pm

    Be thankful.

  • Chance - Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 - 9:55 pm

    Are scooters allowed if so cant wait

  • Jon Stalnaker - Saturday, August 6th, 2011 - 7:04 pm

    I’m seeing some inconsistencies in the construction. What about you Alan, see anything unexpected?

  • Jon Stalnaker - Monday, August 22nd, 2011 - 3:23 pm

    Well, I guess ya’ll did notice. I wonder if they get paid the full amount?

  • hlarris - Monday, August 22nd, 2011 - 9:24 pm

    You guys are going to have a park that is challenging and your skills are going to get a lot better and a lot of the concerns that you may be expressing right now will fall to the wayside. The same things were said about Wheeling and it turned out to be a huge success. Do not let bikes in the park and don’t listen to that Travis kid. The clover looks killer and I can’t wait to ride it.

  • Alex Awesome - Friday, September 2nd, 2011 - 6:27 am

    Had a blast yesterday. First one to 50-50 the whole rail and bust my hip out in the bowl. im in so much pain!

  • Alan Hughes - Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 - 8:15 pm

    @hlarris our concerns are actually the opposite of that, they removed the majority of the challenging obstacles from the street course. Our concern is that it is already getting boring for some of the more advanced skaters and the younger kids will probably be right there with them soon.

  • Alex Awesome - Sunday, January 29th, 2012 - 9:12 am

    I’m with Hughes on that one. Not the best at street courses, but I could have seen alot of lines if they tweaked alittle bit more.