Founded in the early 1800’s, Muskogee lies 140 miles west of Oklahoma City. Famously referred to in Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee”, it is now home to Midland Valley Skate Park, created by Native Skateparks. Sitting at just over 9,000 square feet, the park opened a few months ago and is located in Robison Park, a large city park including basketball courts, a soccer field, and a playground.
All the coping and metal surfaces are bright blue and it looks great. surrounded by transition on all sides it is fun to skate and easy to find lines. Strategically-placed pump humps keep you going, and there’s a bowl with over a foot of vert.
The Saturday that we went, the park was crowded with kids and lots of spectators. It had rained the previous night and the park is situated on top of a small hill. There is not much deck surface around the edges of the park so avoiding soggy turf meant every single person was basically in the park. With kids sitting on all the quarters as if they were benches, this left a lot of areas basically unskateable. I’m sure we could’ve asked everyone to move but hey, live and let live.
Variety of terrain: lots of tranny, very few “street” fixtures
Shade status: trees in the area though nothing directly at the park
Nearby food and drink: standard small town fast food, 1-2 miles away
Worth going out of your way?: sure why not?
Apart from that, the park is excellent. It’s well thought out and clear that flowing and lines were an important factor in the design. All the transitions are beautiful and there’s a few small street obstacles in the center. One end of the park leads into a replica shallow end with stairs and pool block.
The bowl is also killer, it’s 8′ and 10′ with a 6′ pocket. The 10′ has 1′ of vert and is pretty intimidating to me, but Ryan Crane from Native Skateparks was there, and he was ripping it. Also worth mentioning that Ryan is the one who designed the bowl and did the construction drawings.
Native Skateparks definitely knows what they’re doing and I can only hope that OKC’s Parks and Rec. dep’t will enlist them for future projects in the Metro area.
Jono did a great job on this video, I like it more than my own!
Finally, here’s some photos. Click on the thumbnail for full image. Thanks for reading!