The Arvada Skate Park is considered the first phase of the development of Gibbs West Community Park and follows directly the approved Community Park Master Plan. The planning of the skate park has included considerable public input. The skate park committee, which consists of local skaters, members of the Arvada Park Advisory committee, and city staff, has worked for almost 5 years to complete the vision for the development of the skate park. Through the tireless fund-raising efforts of the skate park committee and grants from the Colorado Lottery, Great Outdoors Colorado, Jefferson County Open Space, the Tony Hawk Foundation and other donors, the funding for the park construction was established. The park construction will cost approximately 2.1 million dollars. The project is funded with approximately 93% in grant and lottery funds and 7% through city general fund monies.
The design for the park was completed by a team selected in a competitive process though participation of members of the skate park committee, City and Apex Park and Recreation District staff. The design for the park was completed by City staff, DHM design corporation, a local Landscape Architecture firm, and Team Pain Inc, a Florida company that specializes in the design and construction of Skate Parks. The design team has worked closely with the skate park committee members, local skaters and Apex Park and Recreation District staff. Three public meetings resulted in the final design for the skate park which included landscaping, irrigation, lighting, signage, site furniture, shade structures, decorative paving, walkways and an entry road and small parking lot with the potential for parking lot expansion.
Urban Farmer Inc. is the general contractor on the project and Team Pain is building the skating surface. Team Pain is nearing the completion of their portion of the project and Urban Farmer will be completed with the remainder of the work by the end of November 2011. It is hoped that the skate park can be opened at this time. The completion of the work and opening of the park are dependent on the weather.