Design Concepts Celebrates the Opening of El Centro del Quinto Sol Wheel Park (Skatepark) in Pueblo, Colorado

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Design Concepts, a national community and landscape architecture firm, announces the grand opening of ‘El Centro del Quinto Sol Wheel Park,’ Pueblo’s newest recreation amenity officially dedicated on May 14 with opening festivities and a skate competition.

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“The addition of a park that touches much of what makes a neighborhood unique adds a touch of life that people always appreciate."

Design Concepts, a national community and landscape architecture firm, announces the grand opening of ‘El Centro del Quinto Sol Wheel Park’ in Pueblo, Colorado. This park was designed working with the Hispanic citizens of the Pueblo ‘east side’ community to offer something special for this often overlooked neighborhood. Located at 609 E. 6th Street, Pueblo’s newest recreation amenity was officially dedicated on May 14 with opening festivities and a skate competition.

ABOUT THE PARK
The 23,000 square foot El Centro del Quinto Sol Wheel Park (skatepark) is designed for all ages and all abilities. It’s part of a multi-generational park supporting Pueblo’s east side neighborhood. The site offers a festival plaza with amphitheater, trail access along Fountain Creek and community garden plots. A hands-on, youth-engaged public process including local skaters and City Council members were instrumental in the design and development of the park.

DESIGN CONCEPTS + Team Pain
Design Concepts designed the new park and trail portion of the project and partnered with Florida-based Team Pain Skate Parks to design the wheel park. Team Pain considers the El Centro project hands down one of the best street skate plazas they have designed and constructed in recent years. The skate park is designed for all levels of users, champion pro and beginners alike.

DESIGN INTERPRETATION
The park’s design inspiration came from the adjacent Fountain Creek’s ripple effects. The wheel park features bump to bar, ledges of all sizes, various rails, hips, banks, and a variety of transitions to allow for proper flow in the park. Two bowls offer differing levels of adventure. The larger bowl is 9.5 feet in the deep end and 6 feet in the shallow area. The second bowl is 8 feet in the deep end and 5 feet on the shallow side. Use of a light green tile at the upper rim of the bowl is a first for Team Pain. The tile brings a vibrancy to the bowl, contrasting with the clay colored plains of Pueblo.

This project was made possible by a $1.3 million Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant awarded to the City of Pueblo. The City provided matching funds, bringing the total budget to just over $2.5 million. The City also received a $195,000 Community Development Block Grant to fund future park amenities including a new playground, new restroom fixtures and a parking lot overlay.

Principal Axel Bishop stated, “The addition of a park that touches much of what makes a neighborhood unique adds a touch of life that people always appreciate. When that park also creates something that brings families, friends, and neighbors of all ages together, the effect of the place is multiplied. El Centro del Quinto Sol is a magnet for skaters, kids, families and the whole east side. That is truly a gift from GOCO and the City of Pueblo.”

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