ETNIES SKATEPARK DEBUTS

The flow course.  credit: Jeff Zielinski

As of January 1, bikes will be allowed in the brand new Etnies skatepark in Lake Forest, California. Times for bike sessions are yet to be set, so check back to find out more. Helmets, knee, and elbow pads will be required, and no knurled or titanium pegs will be allowed (titanium leaves a residue on coping). The city was planning to charge an entry fee to the park, but Etnies kicked in an additional $100,000 to make sure the park would be free for everyone for the first year. Keep reading to check out more facts about the park.

The street course.  credit: Jeff Zielinski

Etnies Skatepark Facts:

1,150 cubic yards of cement went into the park.

Each yard weighs approximately 4,000 pounds, or two tons.

Total weight: 4,600,000 pounds, or 2,300 tons.

There are 92,200 linear feet of rebar in the park. This is the REinforcement BAR that keeps the concrete from bending and breaking. That’s over 17 miles, enough to stretch from the park to the ocean in Laguna Beach.

John Heaton lets a no-hander go over the step down.  credit: Jeff Zielinski

The park was built with 15,500 man-hours of labor.

Fifty people had a hand in building the skatepark.

From groundbreaking to completion: 263 days.

From first date of skatepark construction to completion: 121 days.

There are 543 feet of round metal coping in the park.

There are 622 feet of rideable ledge in the park.

Brian Foster had so many lines figured out on the first day. Seat grab one-footed table over the nipple thing.  credit: Jeff Zielinski

For more photos of the etnies park debut, look in the “MORE” box in the upper right.