Since 2007, EPSA has rolled up its sleeves and made a few select safety-related repairs and enhancements to our concrete skateparks. It’s been a great way to test a variety of products, best methods and share information with the City folks and other skatepark advocates.
Here’s a quick look at some of our work:
WESTSIDE COMMUNITY – EPOXY CRACK REPAIR
In September 2015, we repaired a critical concrete hole on the hip bank line at Westside Community skatepark using a 2-part epoxy marketed as Miracle Bond 1350 by Adhesives Technology – this stuff is awesome! You can buy it at Sherwin Williams for about $20 a tube and it shoots out of a standard caulking gun.
Make sure you got a fresh, clean concrete surface for the stuff to bond to using an angle grinder & diamond blade. Then, filler up with epoxy & cut it flat using a putty knife. Clean up any mess with Xylene. It hardens fast & should be good to skate in about an hour.
MOUNTAIN VIEW – POOL COPING “KNUCKLE” REPAIR
In August 2015, we first used Miracle Bond 1350 epoxy to fix the “knuckled” joints on the pool coping blocks at Mountain View. The original mortar in the joints fell victim to repeated heavy grinds and the epoxy fix is holding up well over time. Thanks to Danny Ben and Kurt Miller for helping on this one! Here’s a short video clip.
Offensive tagging and graffiti was going off the hook at Carolina back in 2008, so EPSA bought $1,000 worth of paint and coordinated a mural project with City Parks and local aerosol artists Grave Herrera and Mike Yrobali.
With the “Seascape” concept approved, EPSA worked with Parks to power wash the surface and fix cracks before applying a primer coat of outdoor acrylic paint. The aerosol went on top with the artists mentoring locals kids on how it’s done proper. The graffiti deterrent performed quite well, as the big bowl went completely un-tagged for more than a year.
The project was featured in an April 7th, 2009 El Paso Times article Muralists decorate skatepark, Seascape aims to deter taggers at popular site
In November 2007, City Parks contracted EPSA to repair a 75-foot long crack running the width of the double tennis court surface at Marwood’s Skatewave ramp park. It was a 2-day process that included saw-cutting, jack-hammering and filling the crevasse up with 1.5 yards of new concrete. After sweat and expenses, we were able to put a few hundred bucks in the bank and made the place a bit safer to ride.
With our non-profit organization baby brand new, our very first fundraising effort was to repair concrete spalls at Carolina Skatepark. Parks hired us to do the job.
Using an Ardex concrete patch product, we fixed 11 holes on the skating surface.
Most patches held up for more than year, but most also failed, ultimately teaching us that 2-part epoxy is way better for durable small crack repair.