The initial cement pour for the first public park in San Diego proper began on Monday, December 6. The Ocean Beach Skatepark, at the Robb Field sports complex, was designed by Brian Harper and Mike McIntyre of Site Design Group. Harper headed the public skatepark project in Flagstaff, Arizona, and SDG has been working on public skateparks planned in Chandler, Arizona and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Ocean Beach Skatepark will be supervised, and will require full pads and an annual membership. The design consists of several connected bowls with pyramids, ledges, hips, and rails. It was originally designed to include a “staging area,” a modest set of blocks and curbs outside of the supervised bowl area. Rumor is that this section of the park has been cancelled, and the entire skatepark area has been reduced from 41,000 square feet to about 25,000 square feet. Initial reports from witnesses to the first pour are favorable.
The Ocean Beach Skatepark grand opening is scheduled for February 19, and the community is planning on celebrating with bands and food. The Robb Field sports complex is located on Sunset Cliffs Drive, just off Interstate 8 in the Ocean Beach district of San Diego.
Skateboarding.com will keep you posted on its status. Thanks to Andy Macdonald for the info and photos. He’s very excited that this park is under five minutes skating distance from his house.