Skateboarders from beginner to pro will have a safe place to skate as part of an AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy) led effort to build the largest open skatepark in the United States along the West bank of the Des Moines River. The final design of the will be revealed at a reception at 4:00 p.m. July 21, 2012 at Subsect Skate Shop, 309 E. Walnut in the East Village.
Press are welcome to stop by Subsect Skateshop at 2:00 pm for an exclusive look at the final design. The Des Moines Regional Skatepark Committee and professional skaters will be present to answer questions.
“The Des Moines Regional Skatepark is expected to become an important recreation resource, a key venue for regional and national skateboarding exhibitions and competitions, and a major tourist attraction. The goal is to raise the money as soon as possible and to break ground next year. We believe the community will come forward to support this world-class skatepark for youth and adults.” said Jan Hill, skateboard parent and President of the Des Moines Regional Skatepark Committee.
Fundraising for the Des Moines Regional Skatepark will begin immediately with the estimated cost to build the venue at $3.5M. The Committee plans to raise the funds privately but the site has been approved as a park for the City of Des Moines. The skatepark will be located east of Wells Fargo Arena, on the west bank of the Des Moines River connecting to the Principal Riverwalk. The 65,000 square-foot project is designed to be a world-class venue and the largest open skatepark in the United States.
Pro skateboarders Lance Mountain and Colby Carter of California Skateparks designed the park over the last year. California Skateparks is the leader in the industry and produces the highest quality concrete skate parks while utilizing innovative state of the art construction methods and techniques.
The Des Moines Regional Skatepark Committee was formed almost eight years ago through AMOS, and is comprised of youth and adult skateboarders, community members, and representatives from Des Moines Parks and Recreation.