Professional skateboarders and cyclists and extreme athletes from across the region converged on the David Armstrong Extreme Park on Saturday to test themselves on a new metal vert ramp that’s considered to be among the finest skatepark elements in the world.
The ramp was designed and built by G. Ramps AG, a German firm specializing in skate park elements construction, and the pieces were transported to the United States by a ship. Construction began in late August and was completed last week.
The project cost $328,000 and included demolition of the old, wooden vert ramp and purchase and installation of the new ramp.
““The Louisville Extreme Park is a jewel for extreme sports enthusiasts, and the addition of the new vert ramp makes it even more world class. So I encourage everyone to go down there and have fun – just don’t forget your helmet,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.
Recently, the park was closed for more than a year as the Ohio River Bridges Project was completed. The park reopened April 2015 with new features including updated street elements and a “snake run.” The bowl and full pipe, which were fixtures to the original design, were modernized.
The park is named for former Louisville Mayor David Armstrong, who passed away in June at the age of 76. Armstrong was serving as mayor in 2002 when the skatepark opened to the public.
The Extreme Park has consistently been listed as one of the finest skatepark locations in the world by various websites and magazines.
“Every time I visited the extreme skate park during the installation you could feel the energy and hear the excitement from everyone. I spoke with a young man who said the new ramp made him feel like a kid in a candy shop,” said Barbara Sexton Smith, who represents District 4, where the park is located, on the Louisville Metro Council.
“The guys from Germany and our local workers said this is one of the coolest projects they’ve ever worked on. I hope everyone will stop by for some extreme fun!”
“We’re thrilled to open this new chapter in the short but growing history of the David Armstrong Extreme Park,” said Seve Ghose, Director of Parks and Recreation, which manages the property. “The new vert ramp will enhance the already great reputation the park has as a destination for extreme athletes from across the world.”
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