New Skatepark in Watts, California Prepares for Grand Opening

After final landscaping and site amenities are incorporated in the following weeks, the new concrete skatepark in Watts, California will host its official grand opening and continue on the track to becoming a vibrant and inspirational community space.

Los Angeles, CA, July 16, 2010 --( In 2006, Spohn Ranch Skateparks of Industry, California began working with the Watts Labor Community Action Committee on a project that would provide the youth of Watts, California with a skateboarding safe haven. The WLCAC’s dedication to improving quality of life in their neighborhood inspired Spohn Ranch to create a unique environment that would accommodate the increasing popularity of skateboarding and action sports in the greater Los Angeles area. In 2010, when funding and an appropriate location finally became available, Spohn Ranch was proud to turn skatepark dreams into reality.

With 4,500 square feet of skateable terrain, this pocket park will promote healthy lifestyles and present the youth of Watts with a positive alternative to the crime, gangs and drugs that challenge their community.

For this project, Spohn Ranch worked with Maine-based Who Skates to transform an under-utilized loading zone into a vibrant community skate spot. The park balances street and transition features in a unique way, while simultaneously providing opportunities for skateboarders of varying ability levels. With a historical mural as a backdrop, this skatepark is well on its way to becoming one of Watts’ most inspiring displays of community activism.

Spohn Ranch Skateparks
Vince Onel