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Published: Tuesday, 4/29/2014

Perrysburg sophomore comes up with skatepark designs

One design for a skatepark design by Benjamin Brywczynski. One design for a skatepark design by Benjamin Brywczynski.

Benjamin Brywczynski grew up playing computer games Roller Coaster Tycoon and Sims 2.

That led the sophomore at Perrysburg High School to a passion with architecture.

The 16-year old has been able to take graphic design and architecture classes at school and has taken that passion to the real world. 

When he heard a group of Perrysburg skateboarders were trying to bring a skate park to Perrysburg, his creative juices started flowing and he worked up some ideas for a park. He is a skate boarder himself.

John Hawley, a local skater, proposed to Perrysburg officials last fall the idea of creating skate park in the city because there is no legal area to skateboard now. Since then, $20,000 was put into the 2014 city budget for the design of the park and city officials have given Mr. Hawley guidance on the next steps.

A second design for a skatepark by Benjamin Brywczynski. A second design for a skatepark by Benjamin Brywczynski.

His goal now is raising money and awareness for the park. City officials and Mr. Hawley have said their top choice for a site would be behind the YMCA on Fort Meigs Road where there is unused land the city owns out in the open.

"I showed John some of my designs from a little while back of some skate parks and told him that I was interested in helping him," the young Brywczynski said. 

Three skate park designs were created by him. Each were three-dimensional, showing stairs, ramps, railings, and half pipes.

The work impressed his high school architect teacher Jeff Smith.

"It is a great feeling to see him applying what he learned in class to real world stuff that would hopefully come to fruition," Mr. Smith said. "That skate park looks phenomenal."

One of Benjamin Brywczynski's skate park designs. One of Benjamin Brywczynski's skate park designs.

The student isn't being paid for his designs, but he knows it is great experience for him and something that he can put on a resume for when he tries to find a architecture or Web-design based career. He plans to attend Penta Career Center next year to further his interactive media and web design education.

"I love designing buildings, skate parks, and even theme parks," he said. "I didn't know that I really wanted to follow this whole web design, architecture road until I was in eighth grade.

"I did this project about what you wanted to be and do as a career choice in my English class. It really opened my eyes to what was all out there in the world."

Contact Matt Thompson at:, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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