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Action sports are all about freedom and passion expressed through movement, speed, and skill. Our action sport pros–turned-designers feel that passion first-hand and work to infuse the thrill of being an athlete into all of their designs...

Our team holds the largest, most notable portfolio of skate, bike, and motocross parks worldwide. Because our designers live outside of the box, they’re adept at creating functional, site-integrated, and visually spectacular spaces that give a cohesive sense of place, become a source of community pride, and leave your heart pumping. Whether it’s BMX facilities, skate plazas, bike parks, pump tracks, jumps, or trails, our designs incorporate defined pedestrian and spectator space and use integrated landscaping elements to create unique experiences. From Olympic training centers to local parks, we ensure the whole community can be welcomed into the parks whether participating or viewing in awe.

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A place to call their own, the Lynch Family Skate Park captures the industrial tinged edge of the Boston skateboarding culture.

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<p>I would say this skatepark is probably one of the most significant projects that I can think of on the East Coast. Boston has always had a great skate scene, but they’ve never had a good size regional skate park. And being here, in this historical setting really sets the tone to set it apart from anything else on the East Coast. It is big, it’s spread out, and it has a little bit of everything for all users, all ages, all skill levels.</p> <p>One of the key things to bring all of this together was all of the community input that we had. Working with the community, having the input meetings to find out what everyone really wanted in the skatepark, helped to dial in everything you see in there today.</p> <p>Voice of Mike McIntyre</p> <p>Skatepark Designer</p> <p>Stantec</p> <p>Incorporating areas of homage to the Boston skate community and elements of attraction to the first time user, was paramount to the success. The integration of sight lines to and from the park, overall approach to the entrance with the creation of a barrier free park environment was challenging, but the net result was all of the elements the community wanted incorporated, from the pro bowl, hospital banks, ledges- were integrated for an amazing result. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Voice of Jarod Kershek</p> <p>Landscape Architect</p> <p>Stantec</p> <p>What a lot of people may not realize is that the skatepark started out as a brownfield site and through that, there was a lot of remediation that needed to be done to make it safe for people to skate in. Soil testing, contaminated soils, storm water, planning around access to the columns was also a big issue.</p> <p>Voice of Bill Minadeo</p> <p>VP of Sales/Builder</p> <p>California Skateparks</p> <p>Well, I mean it’s been a mission for us but for the city it’s been, you know, ten times that mission. We learned yesterday that the like first inquiry about this park was in 1997; the first phone call that was like “let’s do a skatepark here,” so I think it’s going to be a great place, it’s gonna be a great thing for Boston without a doubt and I’m super happy to be a part of making all of this into a reality.</p> <p>Voice of Karl Haglund</p> <p>Senior Planner&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Department of Conservation and Recreation</p> <p>Having the curvature of the ramps overhead, having the views of the Zakim Bridge, and the North Bank Pedestrian Bridge; I think this is a great atmosphere to skate in, even though I’m not a skater.</p> <p>Voice of SJ Port</p> <p>Director of Development and Communications</p> <p>Charles River Conservancy</p> <p>This is the first home that the state park system has accepted for skateboarders into their portfolio of parks. Renata von Tscharner, our president and founder, is really the visionary behind this.</p> <p>Voice of Renata von Tscharner</p> <p>Founder and President</p> <p>Charles River Conservancy</p> <p>Today on this park, I know your legendary skill will shine</p> <p>Unnamed Speakers at Park Opening</p> <p>Everything here that’s happening today is a miracle. This is a sanctuary, and it’s not just for skateboarders, it’s for the entire community; it’s for the kids, it’s for their parents, it’s for all generations of kids.</p> <p>And this park will be open for the first time: one, two, three, cut!</p>

The first Olympic trial-worthy BMX race track in the country will host the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships.

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<p>Today has finally arrived and we are looking at the Novant Health BMX Supercross Track</p> <p>What do you think?</p> <p>Doesn’t it look pretty great?</p> <p><b><i>Clayton John, American Bicycle Association, Former President</i></b>&nbsp;– We welcome this facility to the BMX community. Back in the early days in the 70s, everything was flat track and pretty much one or two jumps for a straightaway at the most.</p> <p><b><i>Dave Williams, Assured Group President, Riverwalk Developer</i></b>- The track itself has innovative designs for elite and amateur start ramps; this is a one of a kind supercross track in the world.</p> <p><b><i>Mike King, BMX Supervisor, Rock Hill, SC</i></b>- The sport of BMX has changed drastically in my opinion.&nbsp; We have these big start hills, we got asphalt corners, and we’ve got different material on the track; I mean, it’s top notch!</p> <p><b><i>Mike McIntyre, Stantec Principal, Action Sport Group Leader-</i></b>&nbsp;People are asking what is the difference between Rock Hill and let’s say the Olympic training center in Chulavista, California? Chulavista California is locked up where it is not accessible to the general public- where here in Rock Hill it is open to the entire community so whether you are a first time racer or an elite athlete you can come here and practice every week.</p> <p><b><i>Cole Tesar, 17-18 Expert Class, Huntersville, NC-</i></b>&nbsp;I think it will bring a lot of riders in from all over the US and all over the world really.</p> <p><b>J<i>ace Walker, 15 Expert Class, Burlington, NC –</i></b>I like it and its super fast!</p> <p><b><i>Lydia Tucker, 11 Girls Class, Madison, NC</i></b>- This track is absolutely amazing! &nbsp;The first straight coming down the starting hill, that has to be my favorite part.</p> <p><b><i>Mike King, BMX Supervisor, Rock Hill, SC</i></b>- I have been to 25+ world championships from all over the world and this place is world class on every level.</p>

Haldimand County celebrates the opening of two new community skate plazas in Caledonia and Dunnville

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<p><b>Katrina Shmitts</b>: This skate park came about as an initiative from a group of kids in the community, users of the skate park we had at the time. It was a much smaller skate park in another location in Caledonia. When we started out it was great; we had community consultations, everybody was very engaged. I think we quickly realized that we probably needed some very specialized skills for this type of project.</p> <p><b>Kanten Russell</b>: They really wanted us to come in and be the liaison between the county and the community in helping bridge that gap and be able to talk the language that the skateboarders were sharing about their dream design, their dream features.</p> <p><b>Jimmy Cao</b>: I think it's really good for the community. Kids come and hang out, skate, be active, stay out of trouble. Hopefully.</p> <p><b>Katrina Shmitts</b>: Stantec very kindly and generously brought in designers from California and they were phenomenal, just a ton of communication and engagement with the kids. Really hashed out the details of what this park should look like.</p>

Kanten Russell’s lifetime of skateboarding gives him unique insight into the needs of the skate community, and of his clients.

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<p>The city respects us for our ability to relate to them.&nbsp; The users respect our ability to understand what they really want. And it doesn’t hurt that we still ride.</p> <p>I was a professional skateboarder for 13 years, and then transitioned into designing skate parks. To use all the knowledge and … and things I experienced through skateboarding, and how that world works kind of gives me a good sense of where skateboarding is now and understand kind of what people are really looking for when the hire us as a consultant.</p> <p>We’re hired to be the conduit from the city to, to the end user. They don’t understand the terminology. They don’t understand some of the way that things are laying out, or why would we do this as opposed to this.</p> <p>In skateboarding, I was known for doing the craziest jumps and you know, crazy daredevil kind of stuff, and I think that sort of drive and motivation and passion, they could see that through my skateboarding. Fast-forward to my design career, I feel like it’s a little bit the same thing. You know, the passion, drive, continually, pushing what we’re doing into areas we’ve never done before, being innovative and the formula we have works every time. So I think its building trust with a client, and having them understand that we are, you know, the best at what we do.</p> <p>Having that, you know, authentic background, the credibility to do what we do, in the sport and outside the sport, does help, and is a necessity, I think, at some level.</p>

They both started skateboarding in 1986, shared the same first sponsor, both turned pro at the same time, and now they’re at Stantec.

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<p><b>Andy</b>: There’s going to be a 40 for 40, now it’s going to be a 43 for 43</p> <p><b>Kanten</b>: Andy started skating in 86 when he was 13, I started… I feel like this is a Jeremy Klein / ron chapman thing… he’s 18, I’m 18, um, ya, he was 13 I was 13, I started same year same age. We both turned pro in 1993, we both rode for the same board company and had an ad at the same time for our first time ever having an ad published. I think it’s just weird now how full circle that many years later we’re working together creating skate parks. It’s just kinda crazy. And the owner of that company who put the ad out is actually right down the way here at the skate park, and his son is ripping the park. It’s like full circle.</p> <p><b>Off-camera</b>: You mean that guy right there?</p> <p><b>Kanten</b>: Ya, he was our team manager.</p> <p><b>Andy</b>: That was that slow J Lee jump.</p>

Manhattan Beach, California finally has its own skatepark!

“In April 2016 the City Council voted unanimously to pursue the Safe Neighborhood Parks grant, a $300,000 county grant to build a skate park in the Manhattan Beach. Stantec Action Sports Group led a series of workshops hosted by Kanten Russell and gathered feedback from skaters and residents.

The skate park was designed by Colby Carter and Kanten Russell of Stantec. The Manhattan Beach Skatepark is a site specific design integrated into the space nicely and accommodates all types of skaters at all levels of ability. After 15+ years of waiting to get a skatepark, Manhattan Beach finally has one to call its own.”


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