In the past 5 years in Southern California, there have been more new skateparks popping up than Starbucks. Crazy right?! You pretty much can stand anywhere, throw a rock and probably hit one. This is absolutely awesome as there are now tons and TONS of well designed, built, and maintained skateparks for everyone to enjoy. The newest one to open is the McBride Skatepark in Long Beach, CA and the kickoff party is today! If your in the central Long Beach area go check this place out, it looks amazing! A big thanks goes out the the Tony Hawk Foundation and the city of Long Beach for making this great place a reality. Here’s the official writeup:
“The day’s festivities will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, speeches from Long Beach skatepark advocates and City Council members, and a 45-minute inaugural demo featuring several of Long Beach’s esteemed professional skateboarders.
Since skateboarding first made its way to Long Beach in the 1970s, local youth have consistently earned a reputation for approaching skateboarding with an unmistakable level of passion and commitment. Taking a stand against the social and economic issues that challenge their daily lives, the skaters of Long Beach have wholeheartedly embraced skateboarding – both as a vehicle for bringing people together and as a way to maintain a positive, healthy lifestyle.
With a background story this inspiring, Spohn Ranch was proud to honor the spirit of Long Beach skateboarding with the design and construction of the City’s most vibrant and well-rounded facility to date. More than just another place to ride, Spohn Ranch wanted to create an engaging public space that would resemble an urban streetscape, while giving local skaters a sense of place and community. The project was also chosen as the Tony Hawk Foundation’s spotlight project of the year, with a “Stand Up For Skateparks” event held in October to raise additional funds for the park.
The 9,000 square foot skatepark is state-of-the-art, featuring integrated cobblestone and landscaping, sculptural elements and recreations of Long Beach’s urban skateboarding landmarks, most notably the famed Belmont Plaza planters which were demolished a few years ago. By far the most compelling and significant aspect of this design, however, is the inclusion of the letters “LBC” in the banked wall. The larger-than-life letters rise up out of the park as an instantly recognizable symbol of Long Beach’s dedication to quality skateboarding. With a sculptural aesthetic not found in any other skatepark, these letters singlehandedly elevate this skatepark to iconic proportions. Empowering the local skaters with the knowledge and pride that their community is special, these letters will further unite Long Beach’s skaters and cement the City’s place in skateboarding history.”
Grand Opening Details:
Where: 1520 Martin Luther King Ave.
When: Saturday, February 11