Location: Foster Park. 721 W. Superior Street. Kokomo, Indiana
12,000 sq. ft.
Kokomo already has a large transition skatepark with a full pipe and multiple bowl runs, but no area for street skaters. We worked with Main Street Skatepark and local skaters to design a park for Kokomo that reaches a new audience and generation of skaters, and balances the overall skate scene. The site layout naturally leaned to a circular design orientation, which also became our decorative theme, and allowed for multiple entrances along the pedestrian paths. Features include a radial jersey barrier, pump bump, double elevation bowl pocket with pool coping and a custom tile band, boxes, ledges, out ledges, hubbas, down rails, flat rails, pole jam, bump to ledge, bank to curb, hips, and corner features like a radial mini ramp and small escalator throne that flows you around the park. There are four separate skater/rider seating areas just off of the ‘circle’ that create a midwestern street spot feel. Additionally, the center of the park has a unique combination of features that ties the design together. It includes a bump to rail gap that can be hit from multiple sides, an out rail, and a snow plow hip.
The location is downtown, on the Wild Cat Creek with lots of Bald Eagles living near by, and is part of an overall river restoration project. It is on a large local bike trail system that also connects many Northern Indiana communities, and has a huge playground next to the park that will make it easy for parents to session and let the kids play.
The build was complete in 80 days. This was the fastest design/build in Hunger history, and the City of Kokomo was the best possible partner. Thanks to Mayor Goodnight for choosing this to be his final legacy project, and Torrey Roe Superintendent of Parks for the trust and support.