Grindline Skateparks Design & Build

Design Process

The hallmark of the our Design process is our commitment to collaboration and open communication with identified project shareholders. We feel that every community and site is unique and that the skatepark we design should be tailored to that specific site and surrounding community’s needs. We look at the environment, aesthetics, safety, crime prevention, technical concerns, and most of all, the fun factor in all of our designs. Any plan for a successful skate park must involve skaters and their advocacy groups early in the process, and keep them engaged throughout.

Skate parks are not only athletic facilities, but are social gathering places and can be focal points for other youth activities, such as concerts, competitions, or exhibitions. Therefore, facilities should be designed to be large enough to meet skating demands, incorporate areas for spectators, incorporate sufficient weather protection, and be fun and challenging for skaters at various skill levels. Grindline’s designs approach incorporates cutting edge park planning with years of experience. This typically includes proper drainage design, safety, and maintenance factors. Safety awareness and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (C.P.T.E.D.) concepts are always reviewed and applied to the design of our skate park facilities. This includes everything from separation of spectator viewing areas, good lighting, clear sight lines, elimination of areas of concealment, to proper irrigation equipment and maintenance specifications. By utilizing this approach we maximize safety and fun while minimizing the opportunity for crime and accidents to occur through good design.

Matching the skatepark to the existing surroundings by using architectural and materials detailing around the park will be important to a pleasant and subtle integration within the site. We pay special attention to create functional viewing, socializing, noise attenuation and shade areas that tie the skatepark in with the area’s overall theme and aesthetic.

For example: To tie Erie’s skate park in with it’s rich great lakes shipping heritage, we incorporated the compass symbol that is used on Erie’s waterfront into the skatepark. We also used pink granite blocks for grinding/sitting ledges around the park. These blocks use to be installed at an outdoor mall that was a popular skate spot and were sitting in a city surplus yard after the mall was torn down.


We start our design process with a kick off meeting and site visit where we’ll identify project shareholders, fine tune our project strategy and determine the specific goals and expectations of the project. We would collect information to make a detailed site analysis, discuss how the skatepark will fit within the overall theme of it’s surroundings and what opportunities exist within the site and budget constraints.

Here are some of the factors we consider important in a skatepark:



Engineering Factors

•Drainage / Water Table

•Topography

•Soil Types

•Environmental Issues

•Relationships to existing facilities
Human Factors

•Skateability

•Safety

•Security

•Accessibility

On the same day we would hold a public open house where the community can come to provide input on the design. We feel having the local skateboarders and community actively participate in the design of their Skatepark is crucial to giving them a sense of “ownership” in the project, which ultimately helps to prevent problems with trash or graffiti down the line. We would play a short movie to introduce Grindline to the community and use a PowerPoint presentation to explain the design process to the community and how they can participate in the process. We would then conduct a design charette with the community to identify what types of elements and features they would like in their skatepark.

Based on the information collected at these first meetings, We develop a revised conceptual design and then return to present this concept at a second meeting. We would use a powerpoint presentation and boards to explain our philosophy and process in developing the concept and collect feedback. The draft conceptual design will be displayed on multiple full color 22” by 34” sheets. These 3d photo-realistic images will help your community understand the concepts and ideas we present. Grindline would review the information collected from the second meeting and develop a final conceptual design, which we would submit for approval.

Construction Docs

Upon written approval of the final conceptual design, Grindline would begin the construction documentation phase. During this phase we would prepare high quality professional drawings for document review and develop final design plans, specifications and cost estimates for the skatepark complex. We would provide submittals at the 50 and 100 percent stages and provide cost estimates for all recommended amenities in the proposed skatepark and calculate and provide estimates of quantities of materials to be used in the skatepark complex. Included will be all required design information, complete construction documents, all necessary engineering reviews and all required Federal and State forms. Grindline would provide all information necessary to obtain all state and local permits.

We have employed this process numerous times, constantly fine-tuning the various hand-offs. We believe the design document preparation described above is the most streamlined, efficient, and yet complete scope of services available in our industry.