Groundbreaking news about our... um... groundbreaking.
Today the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest officially broke ground on its 16,000 square foot expansion project. Adding a variety of new features, the $1,000,000 expansion will set the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest at about 60,000 square feet, making it the largest free public skatepark in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world. The park which is owned and operated by the City of Lake Forest offers year round classes, camps and special events and is the only public skatepark in California that offers BMX sessions.
The etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest was a first in skateboarding – In 2003 it was the first time a skatepark was created through a public/private partnership. etnies partnered with the City of Lake Forest to create this skatepark that currently has more than 1,500 skateboarders ride it each week. Eight years later, the skatepark continues to be such a benefit to the city that they are expanding it. The etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest model shows that skateparks can be a major benefit to communities all over the world.
"It's incredible to see that the same year etnies is celebrating our 25th birthday, the skatepark is getting bigger too!” said Pierre-Andre Senizergues, owner and CEO of etnies. “It's an example of what a success it has been for the city and for skateboarders in our community. A tribute to the future! Bravo, Lake Forest!”
The expansion concept created by community input, Nick Gates and the City of Lake Forest staff, and SITE Design Group, Inc., is scheduled to be completed by California Skate Parks in mid-July 2011. The expansion area will include the following features:
- Mini bowl
- Street run with a set of six stairs, manny pad modeled after Pier 7, and an A-frame bump with rails
- Flow course featuring a 16-foot cradle and 11-foot vert wall, with a variety of pool and metal coping
- A backyard-style pool with shallow-end stairs, two death boxes and Tedder Stone pool coping
- Barbeque area for skate camps and events
- Upgrades to the existing park include adding pump bumps and a euro gap on the 5-flat-5 stair set
“This project has been a goal of ours for some time and we’re elated to be able to fund not only a portion of the proposed expansion, but every part of the expansion design,” said Lake Forest Mayor Peter Herzog. “We’ll have a world-class skatepark right in our backyards and can’t wait to see skateboarders from all over enjoying the new park area.”
The etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest will remain open as much as possible during the expansion. To keep up with the construction details or for more information on the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest, visit etniesskatepark.com or call the park at (949) 916-5870.