New skate park on its way to Blaine

Published on Thu, May 13, 2010 by By Tara Nelson

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Local skateboarders can expect new equipment at the Blaine skatepark as early as July, Blaine City Council decided Monday.

In their regular meeting, council approved 6-0 a $19,000 contract with Spohn Ranch, a skateboard equipment manufacturer of California, for a new steel modular ramp system.

Blaine planner Alex Wenger said the new park equipment includes a series of Sphon Ranch’s TruRide steel ramps, a quarter pipe, a centered deck, a ramp system with stairs, a grind rail and a bench.

The equipment was a result of a series of meetings between city planners and local skatepark users.

“We wanted a park that skaters would be interested in,” Wenger said. “This is a really good product this company offers.”

The new equipment is made from powder-coated galvanized steel, which is highly resistant to wear from weather and general use. He added that city staff hope to add more equipment in the next few years.

“It’s not going to fill up the whole park but it will provide something for a wide range of skaters from beginning to more advanced,” he said. “I think it’s a nice first phase.”

The equipment is scheduled for delivery within 45 days and should take only a few days to install.

Wenger said he hopes the equipment will be installed and functional by July.

“It would be great if we could get this in and ready by July Fourth,” he said.

The city budgeted $20,000 for a modular ramp system as part of the park and cemetery capital improvement plan for 2010.