New Line Skateparks presented a design for the Ed Benedict Skate Plaza tonight. Pretty exciting stuff. Click on the images to see them larger. The design features a series of interconnecting paths with a variety of stair, ramp, ledge and gap features with some transition features at the ends including a 60 foot long snaking miniramp. The design is still in itâ€™s early stages and there are details to work out. New Line is open to addtional input. You can also comment on the plaza design on Portland Parks website until 11/30/07. They will pass your comments on to NewLine.
The design is large, the plaza area is 14,000 square feet, with about 3000 square feet of entry/transition elements on each end. This is much larger than the contract originally called for but makes good practical use of the available space and includes green stormwater management features and improvements to the site that will make the park an attractive addition to the neighborhood. It looks like it would also exceed budget for the project which might necessitate either a phased approach or additional funds.
The big black pucks are just placeholders for the Percent for Art component which could be anywhere in the park. Skater Dan Garland has been awarded the commission and showed concepts for skateable art at the meeting.
It would be really great if funds could be found to fully realize this park in a single throw.