Bart Smith

Skatepark Builder

I have skateboarded for 30 years, and was inspired to build my first ramps as a 12 year old biker/skateboarder in Kokomo, Indiana. I studied Art and Parks Administration at Indiana University, and have worked in construction for 20 years. I have built around 50 skateparks in the United States, 2 parks in Denmark, and my own backyard bowl in Indiana.  I am the co-owner of Hunger Skateparks and also the lead carpenter/concrete finisher with Native Skateparks. I have worked with the following Skatepark Contractors: Native Skateparks, California Skateparks, Wally Holladay, Bluestone, and Dreamland.

The Story:

I built wood parks indoor/outdoor in the 90’s, and traveled extensively throughout the states and to Europe to ride spots and parks. Eventually I moved back to Indiana and lived the homesteader’s life at Homewoods. Compared to the west there was little to skate in the late 90’s and 00’s in the midwest. I was building cabins in the woods and artist studios for work and then traveling to Louisville or Indy to skate. When the Bloomington park was built, I worked as a laborer for Dreamland. I knew this is where I was headed, all my construction experience and my life as a skater came together.  With little concrete experience, but with a large amount of hunger and drive, I decided to build a concrete bowl on my land outside of Bloomington. Me and a small group of skater volunteers figured it out, at first using bags of concrete, shovels, and chainsaws. This is what makes me excited, and this is also what makes me willing to work in any setting, with volunteers, with recycled materials, and making a budget stretch without loosing the core.

I travel and work with a range of contractors all over the country, but what made me want to start Hunger is seeing non-creative and mediocre poorly built parks in my backyard. We deserve better. Small towns with groups of skaters have fundraisers, save for years, and use public money to build a park- and in return they receive cookie cutter designs or pre-fab mediocrity. I find this unacceptable- we have to hunger for more, and not accept these as the outcome.

Concrete Skatepark Building Experience with other Contractors

Native Skateparks

2016 Bristow, Oklahoma

2015 Muskogee, Oklahoma

2014 Lakeside, California

2013 Leadville, Colorado

2013 Heavener, Oklahoma

2013 Bartlesville, Oklahoma

2012 Owasso, Oklahoma

2011 Phase 2: Pawhuska, Oklahoma

2011 Poteau, Oklahoma

2010 Phase 1: Pawhuska, Oklahoma

Bluestone

2007 Private Residence: Gun barrel City, Texas

Airtime

2007 Cedaredge Skate Park: Cedaredge, Colorado

Dreamland

2003 Upper Cascades Skate Park: Bloomington, Indiana

Wally Holladay

2014 Ann Arbor, Michigan

2009, Oak Creek Skatepark, Centerville, Ohio

California Skateparks

2011 Glasgow, Delaware

2011 Rockaway Beach: Queens, New York

2011 12th and A Streetspot: Manhattan, New York

2011 Thomas Greene Benches: Brooklyn, New York

2011 Woodward East Snakerun: Woodward, PA

2010 Mastic Beach: Long Island, New York

2010 House of Vans: Brooklyn, New York

2010 Bukolt Park: Steven’s Point, Wisconsin

2010 N. Moore Pier 25: Manhattan, New York

2010 Veteran’s Park: NorthPort Long Island, New York

2010 Maloof Park: Queens, New York

2010 Woodward West: Tehachapi, California

2009 Pawhuska Skate Park: Osage Nation Reservation, Oklahoma

2009 Oak Creek Skate Park: Centerville, Ohio

2009 Chelsea Piers Pier 62: Manhattan, New York

2009 Railroad Street Athletic Complex: Lewisville, Texas

2008 Santa Rita: Tucson, Arizona

2008 Wheeler Field Skate Park: Duluth, Minnesota

2008 Rockwell Skate Park: Bristol, Connecticut

2008 Hilltop Skate Park: Princeton, New Jersey

2008 Vorhees Skate Park: TerreHaute, Indiana

2008 Mt Horeb Skate Park: Mt Horeb, Wisconsin

2008 Reed Menzor Park: York, Pennsylvania

2007 Pioneer Skate Park: Commerce City, Colorado

2007 Bear Branch Wheel Friendly Park: Houston, Texas

2007 Lively Point: Irving, Texas

2007 Southwest Quadrant, Street Park: Albuquerque, New Mexico

2007 Westside Skate Park: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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