The Park is the size of an aircraft carrier and is ranked No. 2 in the world for outdoor skate facilities, says Aaron Spohn, founder of Spohn Ranch Skateparks. It is also one of the first to identify specific areas for varying skill levels – green, blue, and black diamond.
It all began when the Boy Scouts of America called Spohn two years ago: "We want to build the biggest sports facility in the country; can you be here in two weeks?"
This is how his company came to design the skateboarding facility at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.
The Park accommodates 350 participants at a time and is focused on safety. Every skater's skills are assessed and mandatory hydration breaks every 30 minutes, says Eagle Scout and Extreme Sports staff member Ed Wolf of Newtown, Conn.
"Lessons we learned on this project, we're going to use going forward," says Spohn of the unique, skill-based park design. "Literally, there's something for everybody here."
As he walked around his completed project Spohn recalled his short-lived membership in Cub Scouts as a child. After dropping out of the program he spent his free time pursing his passion of skateboarding. "I get the opportunity to bring it back and make it a valuable part of Scouting, which is pretty rewarding," said the Venice Beach, Calif. native. "Now we need to get a merit badge."
Scouts and Venturers using the Park are reminded to wear sunscreen, bring sunglasses, and carry lots of water, says Wolf. There are, after all, no trees growing from the skatepark's ramps.