County Board Awards Powhatan Springs Skate Park Rebuild Contract

Published on May 19, 2018


  • $1.87 million contract

  • Construction expected to begin in late 2018

  • Design reflects evolving sport of skateboarding


After nearly 14 years of service to thousands of skate boarders, inline skaters and BMX bicyclists, Powhatan Springs Skate Park, Arlington's only skate park, will be completely rebuilt.

The Arlington County Board awarded a $1.87 million contract today to Bennett Group, Inc. to replace the skate park, at 6020 Wilson Blvd. The rebuilding will make the skate park fun and safe for all to use.

The  approved design features a pro bowl with depths of six, eight and 11 feet. The beginner/intermediate bowl will have shallow and deep sections that go from a depth of five to eight feet. The snake run will have a tunnel on one end, a banked extension and a mogul.

Also new will be a street course with a beginner section with smaller elements and a section with features arranged in a flowing pattern to offer greater challenges to more advanced skateboarders. Team Pain Skate Parks, a company with a reputation for building fun, challenging, varied skate parks, is the approved subcontractor for the project.

[caption id="attachment_16654" align="alignright" width="300"]Powhatan Springs Skate Park rendering. Rendering of planned Powhatan Springs Skate Park rebuild.[/caption]

"This well-loved skate park is in need of a makeover to address crumbling concrete conditions," Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol said. "The County engaged with skaters, adjacent neighbors, civic associations, commissions and others for three years to develop the design for the park. The result will be a safer park that both kids and adults in Arlington who are passionate about skateboarding, inline skating and BMX cycling can enjoy for years to come."

The Board voted unanimously to approve the contract. To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll to Item No. 33 on the Agenda for the Saturday, May 19, 2018 Regular County Board Meeting.

Construction of the new skate park is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2018 and end the first quarter of 2019.

Funding


The total project budget is $2.2 million, which includes design, stormwater management, construction and project management. The project is funded through bonds approved by Arlington County voters in the November 2016 bond referenda.

View a video of the concept design. Learn more about the project.