Quietly in 2013, the expanding eastside of the Fort Bliss army base opened a rough-built concrete skatepark that is open to the public. This one’s a real Flintstone special – yabba, dabba, dooo!
Noping, odd tranny, dead ends and rough, scarified skating surfaces are all included in this build at no extra charge. In craftmanship, it rivals Las Cruces and makes a perfect example why knowledgeable skater input must be included in the design/build process of any relevant custom concrete park.
The layout features an open-ended, 4-foot deep bowl that wraps around to a banked street section with hubbas, rails and ledge gaps. Lights are available for those who can’t get enough during daylight.
A wasted opportunity for sure, but it’s strangely more fun to ride than it looks. So if you want to try something different, why not?
And oh yeah, bring a broom (this place attracts sand) and full pads – word is the MP’s are enforcing the posted rule requiring a helmet/protective equipment.
Location: on the corner of Torch Road and Minue (next to the Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facility, 21027 Steel Rain Road.)
Mapping of the “new Bliss” is hard to find, so here’s the directions: (1) Enter Biggs Army Air Field through the Sergeants Major entrance off or Fred Wilson/Airport Rd. (2) Continue all the way until you get to Torch (you will pass Constitution), turn right on Torch (3) Continue on Torch, and turn left on Minue. The park is on the right hand side.
FYI: There are 2 other ramp skateparks on Ft. Bliss at the YouthPlex (ARC ramps) and at the Milam Youth Activities Center (steel) but both are restricted for use by military families only.