My apologies for not keeping the blog up to date. Here is the latest news:
Well, we finally have a location for our first Memphis Public skate park!!
The Memphis Parks and Recreation Skate Park will be built at Tobey Park.
If you would like to see the detailed report that discusses the survey results for determining the best location then click here. Overton was the recommended favorite site but in the end it would have not provided enough skate space and night skating would not be an option.
However Tobey provided these two attributes : as skaters we all want more skate space AND to be able to skate at night when we get off from school or work. In the winter, night skating becomes the only option with the lack of daylight and in the summer it 's the only time that's cool enough to skate without getting heat stroke.
Below the exact location is shown as a green box. To find this location on a google map just google
"2599 Avery Avenue, Memphis." The Memphis Parks Commission is the building just west of the box and there is a very large parking lot next to the site so there will be plenty of parking for skaters.
This winter Memphis Parks and Rec will host the first public skate design forum where you will have a chance to give the skate park designer/builder your input for how you would like to see the skate park designed.
Other facts about the future Tobey skate park:
1.Memphis Parks and Recreation is spending $440,000 on the skate park
2.Zach Wormhoudt (skateparks.com) is designing and building the CONCRETE skate park. He built Louisville's skate park.
3.Night skating is likely but not guaranteed at this point.
4.The park will be finished sometime in 2010.