St. Pete Opens First Regional Skatepark
The park has features for all levels, including a street course, a snake run, an intermediate and a deep bowl, which will be the deepest skatepark bowl in Florida.
ST. PETERSBURG – This city’s first regional skatepark is scheduled to open Saturday (June 2).
Mayor Rick Kriseman, the St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department, St. Petersburg leaders, the St. Petersburg Skatepark Alliance and Team Pain are scheduled to take part in the grand opening of the park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at that park, 600 12th St. S. The event is free and open to the public.
“I am incredibly excited to have the new skatepark open,” Kriseman said. “This is more than just one of the largest skatepark in Florida – this is a partnership with the Skatepark Alliance, Team Pain, and with our neighborhoods, especially Campbell Park. I want to thank everyone, including a Parks & Recreation Department, who worked so hard to make this a reality.
“This skatepark is also an important step in our goal of creating a Healthy St. Pete. Join us at the new Regional Skatepark and play healthy.”
After several public meetings and hearing from neighborhoods and community leaders, the St. Petersburg Regional Skatepark was approved by the city council in August 2015. The $1.25 million project broke ground in June 2017 for a 28,000 square foot regional skatepark housed in the Campbell Park neighborhood. The skatepark was designed and built Cutler Assocs., Team Pain Skate Parks, Hunter Booth of Booth Design Group and Dan Vickstrom of Vickstrom Engineering.
The park has features for all levels, including a street course, a snake run, an intermediate and a deep bowl. The 12-foot-deep bowl is the deepest skatepark bowl in Florida and is designed
for advanced level skateboarders and BMX riders.
Officials said the skatepark promotes more than fun and challenges for skateboarders and BMX riders. It also promotes physical fitness, exposes youth to new athletic opportunities and will bring competitions for amateur and professional skateboarders and BMX riders to the St. Pete community.
For information about the grand opening and the skatepark, contact the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department at (727) 893-7441 or go to StPeteParksRec.org.
For information on the best trick contests, contact the St. Petersburg Skatepark Alliance at (727) 729-1941 or go to StPeteSkateparkAlliance.org.
Photo courtesy of the city of St. Petersburg.
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