One of Evergreen Skateparks’ concept designs for a skate park in Ferndale is shown here at Wilson Park. There also were concept designs for skate parks at Martin Road and Geary parks. The company stated that its final design will be customized based on community feedback.

One of Evergreen Skateparks’ concept designs for a skate park in Ferndale is shown here at Wilson Park. There also were concept designs for skate parks at Martin Road and Geary parks. The company stated that its final design will be customized based on community feedback.

Rendering provided by the city of Ferndale/Evergreen Skateparks


Ferndale chooses developer for skate park project

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published January 8, 2019

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council recently approved a bid proposal for a developer to design and build a skate park.

Evergreen Skateparks was selected by the city’s Skatepark Advisory Committee and approved by the City Council at its Dec. 17 meeting. The approval comes after the Parks and Recreation Department was awarded a Tony Hawk Foundation Built to Play Skatepark Grant for $250,000 earlier this year.

The Portland, Oregon, developer was selected against four other companies: Spohn Ranch, Pillar Design Studios & Artisan Skateparks, California Skateparks, and Grindline Concrete Skatepark Design & Construction. Evergreen’s bid proposal for the design and bid is for an amount not to exceed $500,000, which is the project’s budget, according to city documents.

Parks and Recreation Director LaReina Wheeler said the city got five great proposals from the companies. Evergreen stood out to her and the Skatepark Advisory Committee.

“I feel like, personally, that they actually felt what Ferndale was looking for, the Ferndale twist on a skate park that we really wanted, and how it would incorporate within our parks so it wouldn’t just feel like concrete being placed in a park, but actually a skate park that’s designed for everyone to participate, as well as maybe even be spectators,” she said.

“Again, I think all the companies would make great skate parks. However, Evergreen … showed us how they interpreted the skate park that we wanted and they gave a pretty good design, a concept in the proposal that illustrated that.”

In Evergreen’s proposal, the company included several concept designs to show how one of its skate parks could look and where it might be located in one of three parks in Ferndale: Martin Road, Geary and Wilson. It should be noted that he designs are a concept and example of Evergreen’s design style. The company stated in its proposal that its final design will be “custom catered based on input from the city and user group that we receive at our community meetings.”

Whether the park selected is Martin Road, Geary or Wilson, Wheeler said she hopes to have one of them selected by February.

“We will actually work with (Evergreen) to help make the final decision on which park would be the best for a skate park,” she said.

Mayor Dave Coulter said he doesn’t have a preference as to which park is chosen for where the skate park will be located.

“I think in true Ferndale style, we want to hear from the community, and we want to weigh our options,” he said. “Council has heard from residents who both want it near them and don’t. We won’t make everyone happy, but I am happy we’re getting this skate park, which has been something that a large number of community members have sought for a long time.”