Apple Valley, CA Skate & Bike Park: Grand Opening April 23, 2011

For years, BMX riders in Apple Valley, CA have been fighting for a legal place to ride their bikes. All of their hard work will pay off next week, when a redesigned and now BMX-friendly concrete skatepark is set to open in their home town. Grand opening on April 23.

The information below is taken from The town of Apple Valley, CA website www.applevalley.org:

Renovation and expansion of the 3-Diamond Skatepark is currently underway. On December 14, 2010, the Town Council awarded Phase l of the project to California Landscape and Design, Inc. whose skatepark design and construction arm, California Skateparks Inc. has completed over 200 projects and is one of the top companies in the industry. Phase l includes the renovation and expansion of the existing skate park.

The project is expected to be completed by the first week of April. A grand reopening ceremony for the park is also scheduled for April. Keep checking back here for the most up to date information.

When reopened, the significantly improved park will be able to accommodate both BMX and skateboard aficionados.

The new park will open on April 23, 2011!

For more background, check out these news articles:
The High Desert Daily Press, August 12, 2010
High Desert Times, Feb 24, 2010

Here are some videos of Apple Valley riders, including William “Crazy Lacy”, who is one of the original Vans riders and has been spearheading the local advocacy efforts in Apple Valley:

 

 

 

 

Here are some recent photos showing the construction:

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About Sam Pederson

BMX Riders Organization Regional Director, California

3 Responses to “Apple Valley, CA Skate & Bike Park: Grand Opening April 23, 2011”

  1. Great work guys. I saw your protests in your videos on YouTube. You’ve proved once again that the squeaky wheel does indeed get the grease….

  2. Yeah man it’s pretty awesome. That guy Lacy has been at it for years. Definitely determined.

    They are doing metal plating on top and bottom of the coping there. I think this is overkill, but obviously a good thing because it will mean even less wear and tear from the park users (both skate and bike).

    Fresno and chandler BMX parks both lack the metal plates, and they are ridden exclusively by bikes. And despite this, the parks look good. I was inspecting fresno and I just couldn’t find anything but perfect coping.

    In any case, Ben Ward, a true BMX hero, deserves credit for the the metal plate design. One of the many ways that guy has contributed to our sport.

  3. Getting BMX Freestyle bikes allowed:
    How it all came about,
    On July 2005 my sons and 12 other BMX Freestyle riders were in the skateboard only park at James A.Woody park in Apple Valley. Undercover police and Code Enforcement show up and impound their bikes
    for 30 days and write them all fines. Being an original BMX Freestyle Vans member from the early 80s and riding BMX bikes in all the So-Cal parks in California in the late 70s and through out the 80s, I seen these fines as an injustice to ALL BMX freestylers who want to do their tricks in the skateparks.
    So I started attending A.V. Council meetings, over 125 in a 5 and 1/2 year period, I would not stop until they made a change for our youth and others who do this sport of BMX Freestyle. I also attended the Adelanto meeting when I heard of the skatepark for that city to tell them how the bikes need to be allowed. So bikes are cool in Adelanto from the start. I also attended many meetings in Hesperia and Victorville to ask those leaders for some bike/skateboard parks for our youth in the high desert. They just started calling them skateparks at the start of them being built in the 70s, but BMX
    Freestylers ride them too. When Government started building them for the community, I’ve been told that skateboard industry had a hand in it, and don’t want bikes allowed. So when a kid shows up for the
    first time and reads the sign ” NO BIKES ALLOWED”, he will go out and buy Skateboard gear. For the first couple of years, the council would just give excuse after excuse for not letting the bikes ride. I wouldn’t go away and stand for their excuses because of my history with the sport and knowing what I know about skateparks and BMX Freestyle history in skateparks. Our BMX Freestyle riders can now ride the skatpark in Apple Valley for : A BETTER WAY OF LIFE. I also started a movement called RAD = Riders Against Discrimination on Face Book and My Space to fight for our Rights.

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