In association with Street League Skateboarding™, the Rob Dyrdek Foundation celebrated the official opening of Kanasas City’s first Skate Spot Skate Spot at Penn Valley Park. Rob Dyrdek, KCMO Director of Parks and Recreation Mark McHenry and Jan Marcason of the 4th District City Council held a press conference at 4:00pm on Wednesday, May 15th at Penn Valley Skate Plaza, W. 29th St. & Pennsylvania Ave. ,in Penn Valley Park.
The Rob Dyrdek Foundation donated $50,000 in design services and $25,000 for the construction of the park. Designed by California Skateparks, a world-renowned skate park design firm, the revamped skate plaza features 7,000 additional square feet that integrates ten (10) donated elements from the 2011 Street League Skateboarding contest course into the preexisting skate park. The plaza also features new cantilever capped ledges, stairs, banks, quarterpipes and a fresh coat of paint bringing new life into the old elements of the original park.
The Penn Valley skateplaza is part of Rob Dyrdek Foundation’s “Safe Spot Skate Spot,” a program conceptualized by Rob Dyrdek that seeks to create safe and legal havens for skaters across the country. The main goals of the program are to provide communities with safe, and legal skate plazas, increase and encourage the active engagement of people in the sport of skateboarding, and design and develop skate plazas in municipalities throughout the world. Additionally, the program provides an alternative option for communities with limited budgets or space restrictions to develop real street-skating locations.
“I’m extremely proud to partner with Mayor Sly James, Parks and Recreation Director Mark McHenry and the 4th District City Council of Kansas City to revamp and create a world class skateplaza at Penn Valley Park,” said Rob Dyrdek, the Foundation’s Founder and President. “Kansas City has done a tremendous job of welcoming us, and I am honored that both Street League Skateboarding and the Rob Dyrdek Foundation have helped to continue the City’s strong commitment to the skateboarding community by building more safe and legal skateplazas.”
“I am so grateful to Rob and Street League for their generosity to the City of Kansas City, and skaters from across the area. Penn Valley Park has long been where Kansas City comes to celebrate, and the donation of this equipment to its skate park is one more reason why it is one of America’s finest urban parks. This weekend, skaters from across the Midwest will come to see the Street League DC Pro Tour at our Sprint Center. Some of the nation’s best skate pros have come from Kansas City, and events and equipment like this will continue to keep us on the scene in a big way,” said Kansas City Mayor Sly James.