City Hosts Final Skatepark Design Reveal April 26 | News

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It’s been a long time in the works, but the city of Cullman’s first-ever municipal skatepark is about to take the next step to finally get some air.

On April 26, local leaders and Cullman Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism will unveil the design for the city’s new skatepark by showing renderings of the finished park plan at a public meeting at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Technology Village across from Cullman City Hall, with the option of moving the event across the street to City Hall if attendance is particularly heavy.

The park’s final design represents the work of Los Angeles-based Spohn Ranch Skateparks, a national design-build company that specializes in providing skating enthusiasts with the kind of terrain they crave. Cullman Parks Director Nathan Anderson described the park’s design as featuring something for skaters of all types, from rails and wedges for experienced street skaters to a bowl for ramp athletes who prefer vertical. The park will also feature plenty of flat pavement for beginners and casual skaters – you know, people who just want a nice place to get on a board and cruise.

The involvement of the local skating community was instrumental in shaping the finished look of the park, Anderson said. “We’ve had community feedback since, and even before, the park’s initial announcement,” he said. “Our local skate community provided lots of valuable feedback every step of the way, and it will be reflected in the finished park. Their insights have been invaluable throughout the process.

At Monday’s Cullman City Council meeting, Mayor Woody Jacobs said the park, whose construction will be overseen by Spohn Ranch, is tentatively scheduled to open Oct. 1.

“It’s something the Cullman people have been asking for for years,” he said. “It’s taken us a while to get to this point, but once we’ve built something, we build it pretty well. We’ve had a lot of great feedback from the skating community here, and we’re very lucky that the neighborhood takes ownership of our parks.Our skaters are passionate about the park, and they will ultimately be the guardians to make sure the rules are enforced and the park stays clean and safe.

The park is designed as a day-use park open from sunrise to sunset, and admission will be free and open to the public, Anderson said. Current paving and streetscape work in the future park house along 2nd Avenue will reconfigure vacant city-owned land adjacent to the Cullman Police Station, adding public parking that serves both the skatepark and operates as overflow parking for nearby events at Depot Park and along First Avenue.

“This has been a community effort from the start, but the mayor has been especially active in communicating with local skaters and the business community to support this project and see it through from start to finish,” Anderson said. “I would like to thank the mayor and the city council for their commitment and support for an idea that is finally coming to life. It’s a fantastic addition to Cullman’s wide and diverse range of park equipment.

Benjamin Bullarc can be reached by phone at 256-734-2131 ext. 234.

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