Don’t think all the concrete rubble from the demolition of the Powhatan Springs Skate Park, at the western end of Wilson Blvd., will go to waste.
No, as work crews dig up the old bowls and half-pipes to make way for a new, redesigned park, the leftover rubble will go on to live another useful life — as the base layer of crushed rock beneath rebuilt County roads, providing drainage and stability for the asphalt that sits on top.
In all, crews will remove some 500 cubic yards of poured concrete weighing nearly 2 million pounds and transport it to the County’s property yard in Shirlington for crushing. Most of the concrete has already been removed, with the rest expected to be gone by the end of July.
Despite having opened just 14 years ago, the park needed renovations because of safety risks posed by the normal wear of the park’s original concrete. In addition, the sport of skateboarding has evolved considerably over the past decade, necessitating a redesign to better meet the needs of current and future park users.
While recycling the concrete rubble of the old park won’t save the County a lot of money, it will reduce waste, consistent with Arlington’s commitment to environmental consciousness and stewardship.
What’s next for the skate park
Once demolition is complete, the contractor will turn its attention to installing stormwater management upgrades aimed at reducing excess run-off and flooding during heavy rain events. Electrical conduit and bases for new light poles will also be installed.
Then, beginning in mid-September, Team Pain Skate Parks, a well-known skate-park builder, will begin constructing the new park. The approved design includes a pro bowl of varying depths, a snake bowl, and a street course with sections for both beginner and advanced skateboarders.
The new park is expected to open to skaters in early 2019.