THE SKATEPARK DESIGNER

Dave Bean

 

Cruising uneven roads on metal wheels, that's how Dave Bean and his friends grew up. He never aspired to be a professional skateboarder, but he did manage to work skateboarding into his professional life. As an English teacher, Dave began the country’s first skateboard program and over one of his summer breaks he helped build Maine's first skatepark. He currently designs and maintains parks and he’s a skate coach to a former student and now Olympic athlete. Skating isn't a competitive thing for Dave. It’s about the inclusive and welcoming community that skateboarding has become. It's his goal to design parks that fuel that same spirit.

 

 

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