The new Brandon Koch Memorial Skate Park will definitely be much more unique than the existing park, based on the current design concept.
Famous skate park design company, Wormhoudt, Inc., was charged with designing the park, which will be located at Donnelly Park. Wormhoudt has built such parks as the Venice Skate Park, as well as many across the nation.
The move comes in lieu of City of Turlock selling property, which included the existing Brandon Koch Memorial Skate Park and War Memorial, to the Turlock Irrigation District.
The new park is designed to have much more flow than the current park, allowing riders to cruise through and hit several different elements in one run.
New elements coming to the new park include two stair sets, larger transition, and a bent penny. Additionally, the new park will feature more gaps, ledges, and rails than the current park.
One very unique feature of the new skate park are the “cookies” added throughout the park’s design, which are done in memory of Brandon Koch, the skateboard enthusiast and namesake of the park, who lost his battle with adrenocortical cancer in 2012.
While the park already looks like a significantly more unique park, Turlock Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Superintendent Erik Schulze hopes they can make the park even better.
The current design includes several elements from the existing park, including rails and boxes, but Schulze says they can add even more if they can expand the size of the park by making it a bit longer. The proposed park is noticeably smaller in size than the current park, approximately 7,000 square-feet compared to 12,000 square-feet, respectively, but features more elements.
On June 17, Wormhoudt received feedback on the park design and will bring additional changes to the skate park committee on July 7. The City of Turlock then hopes to award a construction bid on Aug. 11.
“There was a lot of positive feedback from participants on what they liked, what they didn’t like, what they want to see,” said Schulze.
The City of Turlock, which will be using funds from the sale of the property to build the new park, has to wait till the 10 year grant is up in August before the park can be moved.
Unfortunately, the current timetable means the new Brandon Koch Memorial Skate Park will not be open in August, but more likely mid- to late-September — meaning there will be a short time where there is no skate park open in Turlock.
Courtesy of the City of Turlock