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Final design for Bountiful’s skatepark rolling along

This artist rendering of the skate park shows both sections of the park that are designed for boarders of various abilities. Courtesy of Spohn Ranch Skate Parks

BOUNTIFUL—There are still a few small changes that may need to be applied, but the final design for the Washington Park Skate Park is drawing near. 

Spohn Ranch, designer of the proposed skate park, held two open house activities to involve the local skateboarding community in the design process. Input from the community was used to develop the concept which was reviewed with the City Council on Aug. 9. Council members asked questions of Adam Eichorn from Spohn Ranch, as did two local skateboarders.

“We’ve tried to incorporate all of the input we received, sensitive to the size of the park and the projected costs involved,” Eichorn said. “I think we’ve come up with a pretty workable design.”

The skate park is proposed to be located in the 100 ft wide by 250 ft long area to the east of the new pavilion. The park is divided into two segments – a streetscape area which incorporates stairs, rails, benches, ramps and other elements known as an “intermediate vibe,” and a bowl section that has a (relatively) shallow configuration and deeper, larger bowl which also incorporates a raised ramp/lip area. Eichorn described them as a “transaction section and a street section,” providing challenges for boarders of various abilities.

Benches in the park are suitable “ledges” for skateboarding. A volcano feature on the street section, on the west side of the park, along with hip pieces north of the volcano, will add an extra challenge for experienced boarders. 

The park will be approximately 12,000 square feet. Once the final tweaks are made to the design, Eichorn hopes to have a final plan back to the city within a couple of weeks. From there, bids will be received by the city and a decision to hire a contractor will be made. 

There is a budget affixed for this and all portions of Washington Park, which is being developed to include two large playing fields for lacrosse, a practice field, a playground, pavilions, walking trail and courts. The park was made possible with the voter-approved $8 million revenue bond in November 2020, with money set aside for purchase of the Washington Elementary property ($3.5 million) from the Davis School District, for improvements of the city’s trail system (about $2 million) and for the remaining money to be used for development of Washington Park. The park is located at about 340 West 650 South.λ