LANSING, Ill. (August 11, 2023) – Cameron Jones and his crew are working hard to meet the demand for skate parks across the country. He works for American Ramp Company, based in Joplin, Missouri, and they built parks in New York and Arizona before coming to Lansing. From here they will likely head to Arkansas. “It just never stops,” said Jones. “We’re booked out for a few years.”
Cam Jones is building community too. He’s a skateboarder whose life was changed by the sport, and he understands what it can do for others. “It kept me out of trouble,” he says, even going so far as to suggest it saved his life.
In the video below, Jones gives a tour of Lansing’s skate park and a timeline of his crew’s work there. He also breaks open the skateboarder stereotype, replacing it with more complex concepts like drive, discipline, and community.
The skate park in Park Plaza is the latest destination park introduced by the Lan-Oak Park District and will offer an upgraded experience from the wood skate ramps constructed in Bock Park in 2001.
Cam Jones says the skateboarding culture is very inclusive, welcoming experts, beginners, and even people who just want to watch. He believes the location of the new Lansing skate park will make it a vibrant part of the community.
- New skate park and pump track coming this fall to Park Plaza (published April 2023)
- New skate park, sand volleyball courts, and basketball courts in Lan-Oak Park District’s future plans (published October 2021)
- Happy trails – Lansing enjoys two bike paths as summer returns (published June 2022)
- Video: Nine parks in nine minutes (published July 2021)
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