Less than one year after the opening of the Rob Dyrdek/DC Shoes Skate Plaza in Kettering, Ohio, the City of Shreveport, Louisiana has announced that they have broken ground on their own Skate Plaza. Shreveport is the second city to build a Skate Plaza with help from the Rob Dyrdek/DC Shoes Skate Plaza Foundation. The city expects the Plaza to open in spring 2006.
The Shreveport Plaza will be located on the banks of the Red River. The design covers 12,500 feet and will include almost all the elements a modern street skater could want: two manual pads, three sets of stairs with different rail set-ups, eight ramps/kickers, round and square low rails, and twelve benches. There will even be lights as the city of Shreveport has decided to allow skating 24 hours a day at their Plaza.
When the City of Shreveport learned about Rob Dyrdek and the Skate Plaza in Kettering, Ohio they pursued the Plaza concept immediately. Shreveport city planner, Tim Wachtel researched the Plaza design online and created his own version, then began working with Rob and the Rob/Dyrdek/DC Shoes Skate Plaza Foundation for additional guidance.
“The people in Shreveport have done an incredible job with the Plaza design, said Rob. “They really took the Plaza idea and made it their own so that it fit the feel of their city and still creates an amazing spot to skate. Rob continued, “While remaining true to the Skate Plaza concept, we’ve worked to add new elements, including an experimental way of constructing ledges by adding metal to the concrete. I’m excited to see how this turns out because it could be the new way that ledges are made for all types of skateboarding.