Gnarlia Norfolk Skatepark
The Gnarlia Norfolk Skatepark is a 10,000-square-foot outdoor concrete skatepark in Norfolk, Nebraska that first opened in 2020. The skatepark, which features bowls and a street plaza, was constructed to replace the aging wooden ramp skatepark that predated the brand new Gnarlia Norfolk Skatepark.
|Address||901 Blaine Street Norfolk, Nebraska 68701|
|Features||A large kidney bowl, an open bowl/mini-ramp, quarterpipe, flat-top volcano, jump box, fun box, Long gap, manual pad, hubbas, roll-ins, corners, handrails, flat rails, ledges, banks, and stairs.|
|Size||10,000 square feet|
|Riding Allowed||Skateboards, in-line skates, and BMX bikes.|
|Construction||Concrete and shotcrete|
|Hours||7:30 am to 11 pm|
|Design/Build||Spohn Ranch Skateparks|
When the new Gnarlia Skatepark was being designed by the Spohn Ranch design team, the local skateboarding community made Spohn Ranch promise that they would construct a concrete open bowl mini-ramp combination since one of the main attractions of the old park was the wooden mini-ramp.
One thing is for sure, the Spohn Ranch team did right by the local skate community by not only making sure that had an open bowl mini-ramp combination to pay homage to the old skatepark, but they did a massive upgrade in terms of size and material.
The new open bowl mini-ramp is massive, made of smooth concrete, and is directly next to an all-new park feature for skaters to squirm over.
Directly next to the open bow mini-ramp is a nice large waterfall kidney bean-shaped bowl. The bowl has quickly become a crowd favorite for skaters to seamlessly flow from the shallow end to the deep end over and over again while catching massive air and grinding or stalling on the coping.
Another feature that has skaters excited is the centrally placed flat-top volcano situated between two separate areas with street elements. On one side of the volcano are a street plaza with several rails, a three-step stair set, a hubba, and a large kicker that launches skaters over a spherical concrete sculpture. All of this is comfortably set between quarterpipes, banks, and roll-ins constructed on either side of the street plaza.
On the other side of the flat-top volcano is a nice embankment with grindable coping and an elevated pyramid box. Skate up fast to the embankment and launch off to stall high up on the pyramid, then kickflip off, and roll down the bank to skate up fast on a funbox with several ledges and a manual pad.
From there you can flow directly into the open bowl, however, be careful not to snake any of your fellow skaters that may be hitting the mini-ramp hard.
One aspect of the Gnarlia Norfolk Skatepark that skaters and the local community appreciate is the lights that allow for the park to be open and skateable until 11 pm at night. The skaters love the social dynamic of night skating with their friends and the community appreciates having a safe place for the youth to go at night to keep them skating and out of trouble.