Wheels continue rolling toward a skate park in Cookeville
By Kim Swindell Wood | October 28, 2017 7:00 am
A community input meeting will be held Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cookeville City Hall council chambers, with representatives from the City of Cookeville and Grindline Skateparks on hand to discuss the project. Attendees will be able to meet the designers and contribute ideas.
“We have heard such enthusiasm in the community regarding the skate park development, and so many people have specific ideas and suggestions about what features should be included in our park,” Rick Woods, Cookeville Leisure Services and Public Facilities director, said. “This meeting will give those skaters and BMX bikers the opportunity to voice their desires directly to the designers.”
The concrete skate park – the first-of-its-kind in the Upper Cumberland region – will be built in Park View Park at the site of the old Park View Pool at 570 Scott Ave. Construction is expected to begin this spring.
The project is funded in part by a $400,000 grant from the Local Parks and Recreation Fund administered by the Recreation Educational Services Division, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. The grant requires another $400,000 in matching funds from the city.
Grindline Skateparks, a specialty design firm from Seattle, Washington, will design the layout of the skating area while HFR Design of Nashville will handle the renovation of the former pool house.
“Grindline has an exemplary reputation in the skate park industry, and this will be their first park in Tennessee,” Woods said. “They have a following of skaters who will travel to ride one of their parks, so I think this park has the potential to attract not only local skaters but skate park enthusiasts from all over. It’ll be a real asset to our community.”
Cookeville City Hall is located at 45 E. Broad St. For more information about the skate park, call Cookeville Leisure Services at (931) 520-4386.