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Meet two unique skateboard parks: One is a work of art, the other is... nirvana

Meet two unique skateboard parks: One is a work of art, the other is... nirvana

Fern green. Antique amber. Copper patina …

Decorator colors … for a skateboard park?

It's true in San Luis Obispo, where the planners behind the city's skate park looked for fresh ways to give skaters not just a great playground but a lovely thing to look at too.

SLO Skate Park, which opened Feb. 28, is a dream come true for skaters like me who have tired of the white-on-white concrete landscape of most skateboard parks. At first sight, I felt like Dorothy, board in hand, feasting her eyes on a Technicolor Oz.

The $2.2-million skate park, funded in part by a $25,000 grant from the nonprofit Tony Hawk Foundation, features many other creative...

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