Long Beach’s First Skate Plaza Opens at McBride Park this Saturday

The highly anticipated Ernest McBride Skatepark, a collaboration between LA-based Spohn Ranch Skateparks, ASK Long Beach and the City of Long Beach, California, will host an official grand opening ceremony this Saturday, February 11.
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Feb. 9, 2012 - PRLog -- The day’s festivities will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, speeches from Long Beach skatepark advocates and City Council members, and a 45-minute inaugural demo featuring several of Long Beach’s esteemed professional skateboarders.

Spohn Ranch recently completed construction of the skatepark and is now handling the final details as the park prepares for the grand opening.  The 9,000 square foot skatepark is state-of-the-art, featuring integrated cobblestone and landscaping, sculptural elements and recreations of Long Beach's urban skateboarding landmarks, most notably the famed Belmont Plaza planters which were demolished a few years ago.  

By far the most compelling and significant aspect of this design, however, is the inclusion of the letters “LBC” in the banked wall.  The larger-than-life letters rise up out of the park as an instantly recognizable symbol of Long Beach’s dedication to quality skateboarding.  With a sculptural aesthetic not found in any other skatepark, these letters singlehandedly elevate this skatepark to iconic proportions.  Empowering the local skaters with the knowledge and pride that their community is special, these letters will further unite Long Beach’s skaters and cement the City’s place in skateboarding history.

The park is located at 1520 Martin Luther King Ave and the ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m.

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Spohn Ranch is a nationally-recognized contractor specializing in the design and construction of cutting-edge skateable landscapes. Spohn Ranch's deep roots in skateboarding originate with the first X-Games in 1995, when they were hired by ESPN to design and build the competition courses. After launching skateboarding into the mainstream with the X-Games, Spohn Ranch has helped hundreds of communities across the globe achieve their skatepark dreams. For more info visit http://www.spohnranch.com.
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