It is a rad and versatile park with strong and talented
locals. It has a mini snake run, three pyramids one with a rail,
a dot, lots of coping, a single 6' bowl, a tall "punk wall" (aka a jersey
barrier) and a connected set of three bowls ranging from 4-9'. Folks
are able to get whirling in the connected bowls, launching every which
way they choose.
Creators: Eric Dawkins, Great American Skateparks
Time: January 1, 1999
Size: ~ 15,000
Cost: ~ $125,000
Rules: Sunrise to Sunset, Bikes allowed.
Facilities: Bathroom, Supervisor (summer), fountain.
Location: Water Street and Hersey Street. On the south side of I-5, alongside a creek.
are a couple ways to arrive at Ashland's skatepark.
Here is only one: From I-5 take Exit #19 and go south on Valley View. Take the first left at Eagle Mill Road and follow it's curves for a mile or two. Where Eagle Mill kind of forks, go right on Oak Street and over the bridge. Follow Oak through the residential and at the first stop sign, go right on E. Hersey Street. You'll see the skatepark on your left almost immediately. Go left on Water Street and park.
City Contact: City Website
20 East Main St
Ashland, OR 97520
History: Before the park was built, there was a lot of interest in downhill skateboarding. Full community effort spanning many years.
Overall: 8 out of 10
Special: "In honor of Ashland's young citizens whose vision and dedication inspired the creation of Ashland's Community Skate Park."
Expansion: I found a city Minutes
from Parks and Recreation dated February 25, 2002 and it speaks of new
additions to the Garfield Skate Park. I am unsuew if this is the
same park photographed here. Here is a link to the minutes.
If that doesn't work here is a copy and pasted version.
Morgan Minor launching out of the bowl and onto the backside of the punk wall, pow!
Will Thompson gets gnarly off the punk wall. Dan Moore coming down from a nice big ollie.
A steep but thoughtful addition (~3' high).
This is the best coping detail I've seen. Que intelligente!
Check out the curve of the coping at left. Oh la la. Kari Olandese, over it all.
Keenan adjusts the contrast. Morgan 50-50s one of the blocks leading to the snake run.
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