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City Of Brevard Opens Concrete Skatepark – Brevard, NC

 

Last updated 10/19/2020 at 2:14pm

Those pictured at the new skatepark are (left to right) City Manager Jim Fatland; Mayor Jimmy Harris; Paul Ray, the city's planning director; and Daryl Rock, a community design coordinator. Rock is one of the local skaters who helped with the public input. (Courtesy photo)

On Friday, the City of Brevard announced the "soft opening" of the new concrete skatepark at the municipal Sports Complex off Ecusta Road.

The skatepark will last for generations, with minimal maintenance required, according to a city press release.

The skatepark is around 4,000 to 5,000 square feet, depending on if the spectator areas are included.

The park is designed to be expandable. Last year, City Council approved a $100,000 budget for a small, standalone skatepark, but future phases were conceptually designed as part of the public input session, the release said.

The additional phases may be built if funds are raised.

The city was able to construct a bigger and better skatepark than originally projected due to in-kind donations, the release said.

For example, the ABC Board donated $20,000, the Brevard Music Center provided free housing to the construction team and McNeely's Store & Rental discounted the cost of concrete by 50 percent through their subsidiary, Toxaway Concrete.

The city's Public Works Department built much of the foundation. Sub-contractors, such as First Victory, Inc., and Lynn Goldsmith Landscape Design, provided deep discounts on their labor to provide the finishing touches.

Mayor Jimmy Harris was responsible for finding a large part of the in-kind donations, the release said.

"It's important to give our citizens as many recreational opportunities as possible to enhance our sense of place," he said. "Collaborating with local partners is easy in Brevard, because we're a financially strong community working together to create small treasures in this special place that we call home."

The design was a product of community input, the release said. Local skaters gathered in the council chambers just before the COVID-19 pandemic limited public gatherings.

People of all skill levels ranked potential skating features in order of their importance.

Their input was conveyed directly to the design professionals from Pillar Design Studios, from Phoenix, Ariz., and Artisan Skateparks out of Kitty Hawk, N.C.

The new skatepark will be open every day from dawn to dusk.

The "soft opening" comes amid Phase 3 of the state's COVID‐19 restrictions, which limit public gatherings.

However, parks are permitted to open, and independent, outdoor activities are encouraged. The skatepark will be self‐regulated, meaning there will not be an attendant stationed on site.

The rules and regulations are clearly posted on a predominant sign along with a phone number to call if there are any problems.

Tannery Park Skatepark

In August, Brevard City Council voted to approve a resolution that accepted the Tannery Park Skate park as complete and authorized the disbursement of the remaining unspent funds to the Community Focus Foundation Skatepark account, "Sk8 Brevard."

Part of the approved motion made by Councilwoman Geraldine Dinkins, and seconded by Councilman Gary Daniel, also included removing a paragraph in the resolution that said the Tannery Skate Park "stay open as long as it is deemed safe or until the concrete skate park at the city Sport's Complex (off Ecusta Road) opens."

City Planning Director Paul Ray said both skateparks are open for use.

"The Tannery Skatepark has been open since March and there are no immediate plans for shutting it down," he said.

 
 

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