Vans opened its latest skatepark on November 6, the third of a total of eight currently open or planned. This park is the world’s largest, a 61,000-square-foot facility at the Ontario Mills mall near Los Angeles, California, and includes three concrete bowls, a vert ramp, street course, concrete outdoor street area, and a pee-wee street course, as well as a clay BMX jump course and indoor ramp array. The 40-foot ceiling also facilitates a mezzanine area for spectators that extends overhead through the middle of the park and forms the vert-ramp’s roll-out deck.
Vans hosted a reception for industry representatives and pros at the park on November 4, which saw most of the activity centered around the ten-foot peanut bowl and the central pyramid on the street course. The bowls feature smooth plaster surfaces, and the street-course ramps are made from Finnish birch.
This private party, like the inaugural sessions for the Orange and Bakersfield Vans Skateparks, attracted an array of famous skate personalities both on-board and otherwise: Omar Hassan, Geoff Rowley, Steve Caballero, Salman Agah, Neal Hendrix, Tony Hawk, Andy Macdonald, Tony Alva, Billy Pepper, Bucky Lasek, Dave Reul, Steve Alba, Eric Koston, Rick Howard, Jason Jessee, Mike McGill, Mike Vallely, and dozens more.
The Ontario park is just the latest of a planned series of Vans Skateparks to be built in the San Francisco Bay Area, Orlando, Florida, Toronto, Canada, Denver, Colorado, and a suburb of Washington, D.C. Each park will feature unique designs, and will be a combination of wood ramps and concrete bowls. The next park slated to open is the San Francisco Bay Area location; designed by Steve Caballero, it should be operational in early 2000.