Dubbed the gnarliest park in the U.S., Lincoln City's state-of-the-art skate park was built by local teens.
The city hired the five young men as summer workers. The teens worked tirelessly, redesigning the original plan (which had been farmed out to a design firm and was, in their words, “horrible”) and pouring the concrete.
Two years later they built an expansion, including a retro swimming pool. Thrasher Magazine ran a cover story calling the park “America’s gnarliest.” Out of that collaboration more business was born. Two of the young men founded Dreamland Skateparks, which has built more than 15 skate parks around the country and one in Belgium. The park attracts avid skaters from around the state and generates income for the city, which rents the park to both nonprofits and commercial groups.