Next Generation Skatepark
Valpo Parks is excited to announce Phase 1 of a new skatepark is underway! Phase 1 will include virtual public engagement, site analysis, skatepark and landscape design plans. These plans will be used to design and build what will serve the next generation of skaters, scooters and bikers, alike.
To assist Valpo Parks throughout Phase 1, Dug Ketterman of DugOut Design Studio in Beaverton, Oregon has been contracted to oversee public engagement and skatepark design elements. Abonmarche, with offices located throughout Indiana and Michigan, will assume the role of project engineers.
“We’re extremely excited at the progress made thus far. In July, Valpo Parks assembled a task force to keep the momentum, and it paid off. In January, we were fortunate to have Dug and the team at Abonmarche come onboard as strategic partners as we continue to move forward. Their passion and expertise will undoubtedly yield a result that everyone will be proud of,” Nuppnau explains.
Tentative Phase 1 Timeline:
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is part of the planning process of the skatepark?
A task force is in place with local skate enthusiasts as well as key players in making this skatepark a reality - Dug Ketterman of DugOut Design Studio (& former Valparaiso Viking), Jeff Zielinski of Driftwood Collective, and Matt Keiser of Abonmarche.
Where will the skatepark be located?
Multiple sites are being evaluated. The criteria that is being considered are the following: highly visible, highly accessible and includes current site amenities such as parking, bathroom, lighting, etc. Based off current evaluations and criteria, Abonmarche has narrowed the search and is putting current resources towards Fairgrounds Park.
Will this skatepark be for more than just skateboarders?
Yes! We will cater to all sports including: skateboard, bike, scooter and skates.
When will this skatepark be complete?
We are currently in Phase 1 of the project. Our goal is to have site renderings and cost estimates by the end of February. With the proper funding we hope to have construction in progress by 2022.
How do I get involved in the skatepark?
For more information on how you can donate to the project, please contact Lisa Kusbel at firstname.lastname@example.org.. To donate online visit the Valpo Parks Foundation website HERE.
Who do I contact with questions on the skatepark?
Please direct questions to Skatepark@valpo.us.