Skaters’ Delight

Hard to believe, but Aspen's Skateboard Park Turns 15

And a 10,000-square-foot expansion is in the works to celebrate.

By Erik Hesselman July 1, 2015 Published in the Midsummer/Fall 2015 issue of Aspen Sojourner

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Image: Zach Mahone

Back in 2000, when Team Pain—a Florida-based, internationally acclaimed skate-park firm—built the park in collaboration with the City of Aspen, it was state-of-the-art, featuring a mix of bowls that let every skill level of skater experience the feeling of rolling through an empty, sun-bleached pool.

Today, skating is a different beast, with the influence of city skaters as significant as the sport’s surfing-rooted origins. So the City of Aspen has once again called on Team Pain, this time to build a 10,000-square-foot expansion to the existing 13,800 square feet of terrain. The addition will focus on urban-inspired features, including benches built into what are known in skater-speak as “China banks.”

According to Scott Chism, the planning and construction manager for Aspen Parks and Recreation, it’s all in an effort to give Aspen’s diverse skate-community—from street skaters to park skaters to cruisers—a safe haven to hone their skills in the presence of their peers. After the expansion, slated to begin in the fall or the spring, sk8er bois and girls will ride the old-school waves straight onto the slightly meaner steps and rails of city streets.

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