North Houston Skate Park / Dylan’s Park
Client: Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority
Project Cost: $ 6.7M
Service: Recreation, Review
Practice: Municipal and District Services, Construction Services
Location: Houston, Texas
Serving as the owner’s representative on this project, we did not have a playbook to refer to as we undertook the largest skatepark in the United States. The sheer size of the project was daunting and presented real challenges. Management and coordination of multiple contractors necessitated fulltime oversight, and maintaining schedule and budget on a project of such enormous scope was our key focus.
We took a great deal of time to coordinate the multiple contractors and consultants on the project, integrating design and operational goals with the communities’ needs including landscaping, installation of public art components, and construction of the park’s welcome facility. Additionally, we worked closely with the appointed committee of skaters who served in an advisory capacity. Through our assertive, day-to-day oversight, we successfully delivered one of the finest parks in the region.
We love a challenge and the chance to make our community a better place. When we were offered the opportunity to make a real difference in a previously blighted community in north Houston, we accepted the project with determination and a purpose. The 75,000 SF competition-scale skate park was to be the largest in North America and the second largest in the world, so we knew the eyes of the nation as well as every skate park aficionado would be upon us!
Five years in the making and offering a wealth of different experiences appealing to all levels of expertise, the crowning feature is a Texas-shaped bowl with a 20-foot full pipe and includes a 12-foot vertical ramp, a 10-foot-deep bowl, and a ”snake run” pathway enticing even to the most novice skateboarder. The stairs, handrails, banks, ledges, quarter pipes, and benches attract skaters to try their skill at street skating.
While the skate park is a central feature of the complex, Dylan’s Park is no less groundbreaking and impactful. Paying homage to a local child who was injured and subsequently died from child abuse, the playground for special needs children complements the redevelopment project. Dylan’s Park meets the needs of children who are sight and hearing impaired, autistic, or wheelchair-bound. The fully fenced park offers other amenities to children and their families, including an open grassy area that allows children to experience the wonders of the park in complete safety. The multi-purpose facility also includes walking trails and a community center. Future plans seek to connect the complex to Greens Bayou, further uniting this community.