Now that’s a big bowl!

Work on city’s new skatepark underway

William Emfinger and his team from Spohn Ranch started construction this week on Cullman’s new skatepark. (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Representatives from Spohn Ranch Skateparks, the Los Angeles-based skatepark design firm, arrived in Cullman this week to begin their leg of the construction on the city’s newest park. Following lead project designer Adam Eichorn’s tailormade-to-Cullman blueprints, the construction team, led by William Emfinger, has the skatepark’s 3.5-6-foot bowl in place. 

Emfinger provided an update on the team’s progress. 

“We’re going to grade out the bowl then put rebar in it and then we’ll put concrete in it,” he said. “It won’t happen that fast because we’ll be setting up and working on other stuff, too. The City is doing some drain work and side prep as well.” 

The Spohn Ranch construction team is made up of two Texans, two Louisianians and one North Carolinian. Traveling throughout the country making the dreams of skateboarders come to life, the crew is hard at work on Cullman’s 8,000-square-foot skatepark that will feature, in addition to the bowl, an 18-inch spine for beginner to immediate skaters, steel-edged manual pad, quarter pipe ramp and slappy curb. 

After construction is complete, the City will complete the polishing up of the yet to be named park with a restroom, shade structures and landscaping. Before the skatepark’s opening in October, Cullman Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism will hold a community engagement campaign for the naming of the park. 

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