The University of British Columbia has opened the first campus skate park in North America, offering a range of jumps, banks and obstacles for skateboards, BMX bikes and rollerblades.

The park is made of concrete and galvanized steel and features an open snake-run bowl, a cantilevered quarterpipe, an angled slappy bank and a stair set with handrail and ledge.

It also features a distinctive set of concrete and steel books for shredding, grinding and jumping, engraved with the Vincent Van Gogh quote, "One must work and dare if one really wants to live."

UBC's director of transportation, Carole Jolly, said the skate park will be an exciting outdoor space.

"We have a large number of skateboarders and other action-sport enthusiasts on campus and we had a unique opportunity to provide them, and the greater community, with a dynamic new space," she said.

The $500,000 project is a partnership between UBC and the University Neighbourhoods Association, which represents more than 18,000 campus residents.