NORMAN, OKLAHOMA: Just 30 minutes south of Oklahoma City, Norman is home to a prominent and strong skate scene. With that, the city felt the need to invest in the community by upgrading the previous above ground skatepark, with a world class in ground concrete skatepark. Located in Andrew’s Park, the 20,000 square foot Blake Baldwin Skatepark continues to honor the memory of an avid local skater.
Our design team was tasked with the objective of creating a harmonious skatepark design that combined beauty and the functionality of an “All Wheel” park. The goal was to craft a design that would remain relevant and innovative for years to come in the world of continually evolving skatepark design.
With the selected site, obstacles arose pushing our designers to provide solutions that were not only functional but unique to the city of Norman. One of the obstacles being an existing on site pump house. Teaming up with the city’s landscape architect, we incorporated local stones that act as a retention wall, while also providing a natural look that seamlessly coincides with the design of the skatepark. We pushed this idea even further incorporating red brick to match the red stone retaining walls. Using color like this in a skatepark, reduces glare from the concrete which allows users to safely ride through the park without the difficulty of bright reflections from the concrete.
To compliment the concrete park, we installed a 56′ wide 5′ halfpipe with 6′ extensions that is arguably the best halfpipe in Oklahoma.
Driving past this park, you can’t help but marvel at this skateable work of art and ingenuity. The Blake Baldwin Skatepark has put Norman, and the State of Oklahoma on the map with a world class skatepark that will push the boundaries of skating for years to come.