The Vogel Creek Skate Spot outside Houston in Jersey Village, Texas truly represents the positive, cooperative effort of a local Water Utility District, their selected Engineering firm and a neighboring subdivision by providing an active youth park to the community. At roughly 3,000 square feet, the skate spot resembles a skate path connecting an existing, jogging trail in the park space next to the water utility district. Suspended, artistic features, manual pads, rails, ledges and the use of integral conrete color have created a visually inspiring public space under the shade of mature oak trees. Skaters are active in the middle of the park, while allowing other users of the park to spectate, play, or jog safely.
SPA Skateparks partnered with New Line Skateparks and met with the utilities district and their appointed engineering firm to design a skate park area that compliments new features built concurrently with the skate spot. A centrally located pavillion, exercise stations, barbeques and a playscape are just a few of the amenities the Vogel Creek Park Improvements Project called for.
Skate spots can provide many or most of the "essential" skate features in a much smaller footprint. Design plays an integral role when creating modern-day concrete skate parks. Attention to placement and quality is typically considered more of a priority to skateboarders than the quantity of features. Larger metroplexes and cities are implementing 5 to 10 year skate park master plans, which may include the building of many skate spots, a few larger community skate parks and a centrally located destination-scale skate park.
Next time you're in the Houston area, be sure to visit the Vogel Creek Skate Park.
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