LARS SIMENSON SKATE PARK

Premier destination for competitive and recreational skateboarding

Skateboarding has evolved over the past decades into a primary form of recreation for both children and adults. Its surge in popularity mirrors the surging interest in surfing. Skateboarding and surfing are central to the cultural identity of Montauk.

Situated atop a hill in Montauk, at the eastern tip of Long Island, New York, this project involved the revitalization and expansion of a 20,000 square foot poured concrete skatepark. Montauk, a coastal community, boasts a vibrant summer population of outdoor enthusiasts and sustains a year-round community of surfers and skateboarders. The original skatepark, inaugurated in 1999, bore the design imprint of the late skateboarder Andy Kessler, a revered figure in the sport who tragically passed away near Montauk in 2009.

Over the years, the park had suffered from neglect and vandalism, necessitating a comprehensive makeover. The new design placed a strong emphasis on enhancing usability, welcoming skaters of all ages and skill levels. This revamped skatepark pays homage to local Montauk surfer and skateboarding enthusiast Lars Simenson, who tragically lost his life in 2007. Lars had been a cherished figure in the local skateboarding community, celebrated for his unwavering passion for the sport.

LKMA and the Town of East Hampton hired world-renowned skatepark project specialists, Pivot Customs, to help with the design of the concrete skatepark components.

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The skatepark's transformation from a run-down, graffiti-covered space into a vital community asset has been a remarkable journey that embodies social, economic, and sustainable considerations at its core. With an emphasis on inclusivity and community pride, the park now offers more than just a space for skaters. It has thoughtfully integrated areas for parents and observers to relax and take pleasure in the park's vibrant atmosphere, leading to a more diverse group of people enjoying this communal space.

The Gallery shows pictures of the skatepark before construction, during construction, and of the original bowl construction in 1999. The original bowl was kept in the final design and resurfaced. 

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