1/7/2011 - From Spohn Ranch
Although currently buried under a few feet of snow, with the first sign of spring, Bemidji’s skate plaza will pick up right where it left off with its November 5th grand opening. Spearheading construction of Minnesota’s first public skate plaza as general contractor, Spohn Ranch tapped into 20+ years of skatepark construction experience and team of dedicated professionals to present the City of Bemidji with a true community showpiece.
Recognized by Recreation Management magazine as the face of modern skateboarding environments, this plaza resembles an urban streetscape where skaters and community members can share public space in a meaningful way. Rather than fencing in the park and relegating it to under-utilized space, this facility is thoughtfully integrated into the City’s park system. Multiple entry points, large boulders that serve as spectator seating and colored concrete patterns contribute to this park’s inviting aesthetic. Interior landscaped areas with bushes, trees and grass provide skaters and spectators with a welcoming environment to enjoy the shade during the summer months. An artistic (and skateable!) entry sign also contributes to this park’s unique identity, making it unlike any other in the area.