Thank you Memphis Bloggers!
Gates, Stacey, MRC-t, JCCVI : Appreciated your suggestions and this is what the scoop is on the the parks you suggested.
I am looking for three types of settings when considering a potential location for a small skatepark. Atleast one of the three should exist.
1. Quiet and safe neighborhood park: This type of park will be well used by the smaller kids and families. Williamson park in Evergreen fits this description
2. Urban park: This park complements a small business district like CY and provides entertainment for pedestrians and cars passing by. The Peabody park in Idlewild provides this type of setting.
3. Community center park: Glenview park would fit this description. Community centers in lower income neighborhoods provide a safe place for kids of all ages. A skate park enriches existing community center activities such as afterschool programs, mentoring activities and offered classes. The community center assures that the skate park becomes a vital asset of the community. Putting a skate park in a low-income park without a community center is not a great idea. Only the hard-core older skaters will use the park and low income skaters would not have access to a community center where they could check-out boards.
The Spanish-war memorial park would not be negotiable with the Parks and Rec. It is a very visible park but it's barely big enough for the memorial. It's more like a big patch of grass. I had a hard time finding parking. Nice spot, just not big enough for a small park.
Rozelle park is quaint and small and may be a few years back ( maybe more?) this was a thriving neighborhood. The place had an abandoned feeling to it with many boarded-up neglected brick bungalows. Perhaps the neighborhood is on the upswing but I would need to visit a few more times to notice any potential turnaround that I missed with the first pass.
Peabody is a very cute park but it's tiny. A small skate park would fit nicely on the patch of grass nearest the Handicap school. I am guessing that the school would not be happy about losing one of their few patches of grass.
So right now I would probably favor these parks in the following order..
1. Glenview park (Orange Mound...great community outreach !)
2. Williamson park ( quaint and safe)
3. Peabody (Idlewild) ( cute and vibrant place)
Overton park next to the Zoo would be my top pick if it was available but currently this is non-negotiable with the city. What a great combo. Go to the Zoo, picnic, skate and repeat the cycle but with dinner!
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