These photos were taken at the May 12 grand opening of the Brandon Skate Park in Riverview, at Providence Park East, north of Bloomingale Avenue and Providence Road.
The day marked the official opening of the park, which has been open for skateboarders since April.
Already, about 650 waivers have been signed, attesting to the stark and growing popularity of the park, which has attracted skateboarders from throughout the region and the state and beyond.
The park manager noted that skateboarders from Hawaii have made their way to the Greater Brandon area to test out the park designed and constructed in good measure by Team Pain.
From an earlier report:
The 11,000-square-foot park was funded with impact fees and general revenue dollars. Team Pain, a company owned and operated by skaters that for 30 years has been creating custom skate parks for communities and skateboarders worldwide, worked under Hennessy Construction Services Corp. as a member of the design, permitting and construction team.
The Brandon Skate Park is the first skate park built with taxpayers' dollars.
According to county officials, the park cost $499,501 and is best described, according to a Brandon Patch interview with Team Pain foreman Chris Berry in January, as a "street course," featuring a bowl, "like a swimming pool, 9 feet, 6 inches deep."
The Brandon Skate Park is at 5720 Providence Road, in the Greater Brandon community of Riverview.
Included in the course are radius ramps, stairs, rails, ledges, banks and pool coping, which is the term used to identify the stone, or in this case, concrete material used to cap the bowl shell wall.
Team Pain has built skate parks throughout Florida, including in Tampa, New Tampa, Sarasota, Bradenton and the soon-to-open park in Apollo Beach.
Brandon Skate Park Grand Opening Particulars:
- Entrance to the park will be free throughout the summer.
- After that, the skate fee is $4 per day. The cost for an annual pass is $150.
- Hillsborough County has a reciprocal agreement with the City of Tampa. Annual passes will be honored at all Hillsborough County and City of Tampa skate parks.
- All skaters must wear helmets and complete a waiver.
Brandon Skate Park Features:
- An intermediate/professional bowl with rounded walls, two hips and two general depths. The shallow end is 6 feet deep and just under-vert; the deep end is more than 9 feet deep, with 1.5 feet of vert. The entire bowl has pool coping and tile.
- Consists of two main levels that split the park into two sections.
- The lower section has a few street-plaza elements, including a granite bench set at an angle; curved ledges; a cone-pole jam; a manual pad; a small, but long, set of four stairs; a brick-stamped bank with a flat bar on top; and a handrail and flat rail. The area also sports a very wide quarter-pipe, with steel coping, including a 12-foot pool coping extension; a smaller pyramid with a bull-nose flat rail; and a steep bank and hip.
- The lower section is connected to the upper section with a series of banks, including a step-up that links to an escalating transition hip.
- Six-foot corner quarter-pipe leading to a long and low A-shaped quarter-pipe, ending at a series of moguls located throughout.
- A third level takes skaters to the bowl, an area also connected with quarter-pipes and more moguls, ranging in height from 2.5 to 5 feet.