| Needles Skatepark Skateboard Park|
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|Description: Tony - Thanks for making this skatepark a success and continuing to give back to skateboarding! |
|Description: Nice overview of the Needles Skateboard Park. Looks like this one is worth it just for the view. |
|Description: Another overview of the Needles Skatepark |
| Needles Skatepark Skateboard Park Details|
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| Park:||Needles Skatepark||
| County:||San Bernadino||State:||CA|
| Has Lights:||No||Ownership:||Public|
| Designer:||California Skate Parks||Year Opened:||2004|
| Terrain:||Has Vert, Street, Tranny ||Surface:||Concrete |
| Inside/Outside:||Outside |
| Park Size: ||9,000+- Sq Ft ||Visited?||No|
| Review:|| |
Review and Photos sent it by John Santos
This is a fun little skatepark opened in January 2004. It was built for $160K by California Skateparks which included a $25K grant from Tony Hawk complete with an appearance by him at the grand opening. 9,000 Sq. Feet, two bowls, one about 8 feet deep and the other about six, and several other rails, ramps, and fun contours. No lights yet but rumor has it that they will put some in next summer.
The concrete is smooth and fast, and the park flows really well. Perhaps not worth a four hour drive from LA or OC but definitely worth a stopover on the way to Laughlin or Albequerqe. The park is free, unstaffed and somewhat inconsistently patrolled. I know one guy who got a ticket for no pads and helmet, but it's pretty common to see disallowed bikers working the ramps and bowls.
Tony Hawk Foundation Grant Info
Needles, CA - Granted $25,000
This project was spearheaded by eighth graders who lobbied the City after spending a year investigating design, safety issues, insurance and liability problems, and fund-raising possibilities. The determination of these youngsters got the City's attention and for the first time in a long while the needs of the local kids became the focus.
At the time of applying for a grant, they had held numerous fundraisers (including a dinner for local Hell's Angels), approached local organizations, and successfully raised $90,000. The ambitiousness and determination of the young skaters, as well as the immense community involvement was impressive, and the THF Board Of Directors gladly awarded them a $25,000 grant.
In all, they spent three years raising money, and when they still came up short of their $200,000 goal, the City stepped up again, donating more money to the project so that the original design would not have to be scaled back. On January 3, 2004, Needles opened its 12,000-square-foot concrete park designed by Wally Hollyday. "The kids in Needles really needed a skatepark," committee leader Rebecca Valentine commented. "We worked hard to get it and they (the kids) learned to never give up on what you want."
The skatepark has been heavily used, and even the local Sheriff is pleased with how well things are going now that it's open. Possibly even greater than the skatepark is the new Youth Advisory Board that has been established from this process. The kids now have a permanent voice in the community, and the skatepark is just the first of many good things to come.
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| Hours:|| NOTE: 3.27.09 Park is currently Closed due to Vandalism. Contact the City of Needles for more details reagarding when it will fe-open |
Daily Dawn to Dusk
| Pricing:|| Free|
| Rules:|| Helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads required |
We post the rules stated at the skatepark. At many public skateparks you can potentially get away without wearing safety gear but at the risk of getting ticketed by the local authorities.
| Events:|| No Events Scheduled |
| Directions:|| To get there take the J street offramp on the I-40 in Needles and go south, it's about one block down on the left side of the street |
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