We caught up with Jim Barnum, founder of Spectrum Skateparks and designer of the Hastings Bowl, to learn a few things we didn’t know about the park that will be hosting the Van Doren Invitational this weekend. Check the flyer below for an overview of the bowl and read on to learn more.
1. It’s the only park I’ve ever designed, out of 150, that had zero input from anyone else.
2. I didn’t even think about lines and how the lines would link up and work. I just drew something that seemed cool.
Endless possibilties for all ages. Thorburn photo
3. It was only the 3rd skatepark I’d ever designed and it was the 3rd skatepark that the guys who poured it ever built.
4. None of the guys that poured the park skated.
Nugget Matasi Frontside Rocks while Keegan Sauder Frontside Airs. Pommier photo
5. I was told by a super-ripping-sponsored-skater when I was designing it that the 6′ to 8′ spine was crazy and wouldn’t work.
6. For the record, the sizes are 5′, 6′, 8′, and 10’3″ in the deep (9′ tranny / 1’3″ vert).
7. Where the coping goes around the corner after the spine was supposed to stay together, spine style. That’s the only mistake in the place.
Rick McCrank blasts a grasser high above the volcano. Atiba photo
8. Alex Chalmers whizzed in the deep end the night before they poured the flats.
Trevor Dunnet goes from the Chalmers whiz bowl to the 8″ via a classic FSA. Thorburn photo
9. The City freaked out when they came by to check out the progress. The deep end was poured, but not the flats (it was just before the Chalms whizz). They lost their minds and were in a panic about how deep it was. There was talk about filling it in and re-pouring it shallower. Instead they were convinced to put up the fence. The gate wasn’t to keep bikes out; it was to make it hard for really little kids to get in there, that’s why it’s so stiff to push.