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Construction Photos

In reverse-chronological order: click on thumbnails to enlarge

Construction by Airspeed Skateparks. Airspeed crew members appearing in these photos: Melissa Ballantyne,

Michelle Buck, Nick Ferber, Chris Lynch, Justin McDowell, Stephanie Mohler, Geth Nobel, Dillon Smith, Scott Smith,

Gabe Solis, Gavin Temple

All photos 2008 by Randy Lee. Use by permission only.

10/8: Tombstone

10/8: Making "Bricks"

10/7: Stairs

10/7: Brick Wall Ride

10/6: Trowling

Geth trowels below the pool coping

10/6: Pool Coping

Justin removes the wooden spacers below the coping

10/6: Spectator Area Flatwork

10/4: Coming Soon

The wall-ride with tombstone is ready to pour

10/4: Volunteer Day

Board Vice Chair Ric Widenor and Airspeed's Stephanie Mohler direct young volunteers from the Boulder Skate Team, as they clean up the jobsite

10/2: Coming Together

10/2: Finished Manual Pad

10/2: Geth

10/2: Michelle

10/2: Vert Extension

Conpleted outside wall extension on the deep bowl

10/2: Manual Pad

Gabe removes the forms

10/1: Flatwork

10/1: Nick

10/1: Chris & Melissa

9/30: Final Wall

Forms for the faux-brick wall and tombstone

9/29: Deep Bowl Backside

Formed and ready

9/29: Final Flat

Ready to pour


Scott wets down the earth of the last remaining flat to be poured

9/27: Paradise Paved?

... or paved paradise? Gotta go with the latter

9/27: Imposing Massif

Cradle backside

9/25: Fall Color

... and perfect weather for building a skatepark

9/25: Overview

The skatepark from across the inlet

9/25: Final Touches

... on the front edge of the cradle shell. From left, Stephanie, Melissa, Geth

9/25: Skateable Backside

You can skate this cradle inside and out

9/25: Daily Maintenance

Scott cleans out the shotcrete pump

9/24: Street Area Deck

... and more

9/24: Back of Cradle

Ready to shoot

9/19: Volunteers

NEDSK8 Vice Chair Ric Widenor and two members of the Boulder Skate Team help level the deck surfaces

9/19: Deck Work

Nick applies finishing touches to the deck around the pool

9/18: Street Pour

Another section of the street area perimieter was poured today

9/17: Love Seat

9/17: Steet Area Progress

9/17: Final Work on Flow Bowl

Scott, Melissa, Michelle and Chris perform final work on the last pout of the flow bowl

9/17: Flow Bowl

Final section

9/17: Upper Cradle 3

9/17: Upper Cradle 2

Michelle, Geth, Stephanie

9/17: Upper Cradle 1

Melissa, Nick and Geth

9/16: Done!

Geth and Stephanie can stop to take a breather

9/16: Street Pocket

Busy day, with three separate areas poured

9/16: Finished Corner

9/16: Final Touch Up

Michelle and Melissa finish up the corner

Bet you won't find many skatepark crews with three gals finishing concrete ...

9/16: Deep Bowl

The final corner of the deep bowl poured

9/16: Son of Abominable Concrete Man?

The predictable results of working in the cloud (Justin)

9/16: Cement Cloud

Justin shoots the first layer of the cradle dome

9/15: Ready to Shoot

9/14: Cradle Progress

Gavin and Chris working on the endoskeleton

9/14: Wheaties Man?

Or just horse play? Gavin and Justin pose in and on the cradle's endoskeleton

9/13: Cradle Crawl

Geth works on the cradle's endoskeleton

9/13: Cradle Skeleton

The main support pipes are in place

9/12: Cradle

This was the "easy" half

9/12: Street Pour

The first street bank was poured on the 11th

9/12: Just Like the Coast of Oregon!

Mother Nature is making the Airspeed folks feel at home

9/11: Busy Site

But a task for everyone

9/11: Lower Cradle

Gavin warms freshly-shot concrete, while Geth shapes the bottom of the cradle

9/11: Finished Pyramid

9/10: Great Pyramid of Nederland?

Close enough.

Geth, Chris and Gabe put the finishing touches on the street area pyramid

9/10: Finished Corner

9/10: 1st Street Area Pour

Nick, Scott, Ryan and Gabe level the top of the pyramid

9/10: Progress

Melissa, Justin (top) and Geth

9/10: Deus Ex Machina?

... or a creative way to shoot a difficult area?

Geth guides Justin on a rotating perch, as they shoot a corner of the deep bowl

9/10: Synchronized Trowling

Watch for it, at the next summer Olympics

Chris, Justin, Michelle work the top of the bowl

9/8: Pyramid

Ready to pour

9/7: Moving Along

Michelle and Justin set rebar at the base of the cradle for this week's pours

9/7: Mini Bowl

The flat is left unpoured to discourage "poachers"

9-5: Keepin' Warm

How to stay warm on a cold Nederland afternoon? By wielding picks, rakes, shovels and other implements of destruction ...

9-5: Street Form Work

Chris, Scott and Nick set forms in the street course

9-5: Creatures of the Mist?

Clockwise from foreground, Gabe, Chris, Geth, Melissa, and Michelle work a section of freshly-poured transition on a cold and foggy Nederland morning

9/4: Helping Out

NEDSK8 volunteer Scott Lickstein cleans cement finishing tools

9/4: Mini Bowl

The Airspeed crew finishes up the mini bowl transitions

9-3: Final Touches

Geth and Melissa finish smoothing the second hip of the flow bowl

9-3: Second Hip

9-3: First Hip

9-3: Hub of Activity

The 2nd pour of the flow bowl is underway

9-2: Final Prep

Melissa and Gabe make final preparations for the next day's pour

8/30: Sic Skating Ahead

Michelle and Gavin clean up after the pour

8/30: Finished Pool

Well, almost - add a deck, some pool coping, maybe some stairs ...

8-29: Flow Bowl

Friday the 29th saw the first pour of the flow bowl. Geth, Scott, Nick Stephanie and Michell work to shape the concrete

8-28: Final Touches

Geth and Stephanie near completion of the pool

8-28: Abominable Concrete Man?

Nah - Just Gavin taking a well-earned break

8-28: Shallow End

Scott, Justin, Geth, Melissa, and Stephanie work the shallow end of the pool

8-28: Concrete the Hard Way

When the last truck pulled away, and more concrete was needed, Gavin sprang into action. As the afternoon wore on, he began to look like his work ...

8-28: Troweling

Scott and Michelle trowel from above

8-28: Busy Jobsite

From left: Melissa and Chris check the depth of applied shotcrete, Geth levels the wall, Gavin removes excess concrete from the pool floor, and Justin applies more shotcrete

8-28: Shotcrete

Justin shoots the pool - completed in a single day

8-27: Dirty Work

Justin mans the shotcrete gun during a test pour

8-27: First Pour

Justin and Gavin begin shooting a preliminary pour, to get the kinks out before the pool is shot on the 28th

8-27: Flow Bowl

The flats were formed 8/26

8-27: A Cradle is Born

Beginnings of the cradle

8-27: Mini Bowl

Melissa sets the coping for the mini bowl

8-25: Some Serious Vert

This vert's for you, Tony!

8-23: It Has To Go Somewhere

Stephanie hauls off the dirt excavated from the street area to place around the wall perimeter

8-22: Working in Tandem

Geth and Nick excavate the street course

8-22: Nick Cruizin'

What's not to smile about? The street area is almost cleared

8-22: Ready for Mud!

The rebar has been placed and tied in the pool

8-21: Nathan Lazarus

Geth Nobel shows Nathan how the big Cat works, during Nathan's site visit on August 21st

8-20: Flow Bowl

The steel coping that will form the rim of the flow bowl is being placed

8-20: Stick Farm

The pool and deep end of the flow bowl sprout wooden forms around their rims

8-16: Pool

Gavin & Scott set forms for the pool

8-16: Bowls Emerging

Forms are being set for the pool, while in the foreground, the flow bowl takes shape

8-14: Construction Site

... as seen from across the inlet to Barker Reservoir

8-14: Trail Rebuilding

The rebuilding of the Barker Reservoir Trail is nearing completion

8-11: Walls Complete

Well, almost complete ...

8-9: Trail Reconstruction Begins

Geth begins moving fill material for the Barker Reservoir Trail, which should reopen in a few days

8-7: Pool Area

The wall enclosing the pool is virtually complete

8-7: Thumbs Up

"Goin' well," says Gavin

8-6: Break Time

Hey, nice shirt, Geth!

8-6: Taking Shape

8-6: Retaining Wall Progress

8-4: Steady ...

Nick and Justin guide a block into place

8-4: Laboring in the Trenches

Gavin and Dillon work to level the gravel bed for the block

8-1: Finished Corner

More progress on the walls with the first finished inside corner

7-31: Slowly But Surely ...

... the walls rise. Slow delivery of the blocks has been a problem, but once the pool area is enclosed, work can begin on the pool, while the blocks continue to trickle in

7-30: Boulder Wall

A wall of boulders forms, which will raise the elevation of the Barker Reservoir Trail alongside the skatepark

7-29: Walls Rising

With the 1st course of blocks and the french drain in place, the walls are beginning to rise. Here, Geth discusses progress with NEDSK8 Board member Paul, while Dillon packs up the laser

7-29: Eat My Dust

Melissa dumps a load of gravel, as Geth, Dillon and Gavin wait to spread it

7-29: Spreading Gravel

Dillon, Gavin, Geth attack some gravel, while in the background, NEDSK8 Board members Paul and Stephen discuss the one that got away

7-29: Out, Out, Damn Rocks!

Melissa, Nick and Justin mine for boulders

7-26: The Master

Geth moves a retaining wall block into place

7-26: Giant Legos

Melissa and Dillon guide a block into place

7-25: 1st Course

The first course of Redi-Rock snakes it's way around the perimeter of the park

7-25: Unloading

Scott fastens a chain to a Redi-Rock block

7-24: 1st Load

The Airspeed crew prepares to unload the 1st truckload of Redi-Rock blocks

7-22: Break Time

Clockwise, from lower-left: Gavin, Melissa, Dillon, Scott

7-19: Prep for Walls

Geth and Dillon prepare the bed for the block walls

7-17: Drainage System Is In

Drain pipes keep a vigil over the job site

7-15: Day 1 of Construction

Geth and Gavin dig trenches for the drainage system


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