Open since January 2013, RampArt features a pro skate and BMX shop and 4,000 square feet of indoor wooden ramps, artwork, and music for year round use. More than an athletic facility, RampArt offers a multitude of instructional courses and events to expose the community to new art forms and engage youth in constructive activities. The park is open evenings and weekends to the general public with after school hours tailored to youth. Although RampArt charges a nominal admission, we aim to keep fees affordable for all community members and offer programs to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate regardless of income. The educational workshops and skate camps offered at RampArt are programs of the Humboldt Skatepark Collective, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
The Humboldt Skatepark Collective is a coalition of skateboarders, BMX cyclists, and artists dedicated to providing recreational opportunities and establishing facilities like RampArt in our community. The communities of Trinidad, Mckinleyville, Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna, and Rio Dell are all represented by esteemed individuals driven to establish and maintain skateparks on the north coast. Interest in volunteering? Visit Get Involved to learn how.
RampArt was initially formed out of the simple necessity for a sheltered facility for the skateboarding and BMX community. Since the closure in 2006 of Outlaw indoor skatepark, the local skate and bmx community has found itself limited to daylight hours and the whims of mother nature, especially in the winter months. Adding to these pitfalls, the existing outdoor skateparks often fail to engage and inspire area youth. Artwork such as murals and graffiti are strictly forbidden in the parks, and amplified music is prohibited. The public skateparks also provide little supervision or structured activity for youth. Conversely, the positive effects are remarkable when a skatepark engages youth in constructive activities and creates an atmosphere conducive to personal growth. RampArt also addresses the necessity for area youth to have a means for physical activity in the rainy season. For many youth, particularly those that do not identify with traditional ball sports, skateboarding is their sole form of physical activity and creative outlet.
RampArt relies largely on the support of community members and local businesses to allow us to offer this valuable asset to the community. You can help support RampArt by making a donation or becoming a sustaining member of the skatepark. Donations are fully tax-deductible. Hundreds of skateboarders, BMXers, and parents in our community have shown support for RampArt through volunteering their time, making a financial contribution, or by simply frequenting the skate shop and park. Your contribution makes a difference! Please contact us directly for information about sponsorship and advertising at the skatepark.