JAMESTOWN – Construction of a new skatepark in Jamestown is taking a big step forward.
Leaders announced on Tuesday the project, originally scheduled to be built in phases, was awarded an additional $480,000 in funding part of an Urban Development Action Grant. The funding now allows for complete construction to get underway.
Consisting of 10,000 square feet, the Riverwalk Community Skatepark will be located along the Chadakoin River near the intersection of Fairmount Avenue and West 8th Street.
Fundraising began three years ago, with a matching grant from the Skatepark Project, supplementing grants from the city and other sources.
Trevor Staples, the build to play skate park manager with the Skatepark Project, tells us this build helps fill a big void in the Jamestown area.
“Now that the Olympics have started this week, there is already more excitement about kids getting skateboards and municipalities building skateparks, so this is going to be even more successful than it was before,” said Staples. “Jamestown has a strong sake community, thanks to Pete Scheira at Jamestown Skate Products, he was the local advocate who helped make this happen.”
The company, Grindline Skateparks, is tasked with overseeing the build which is slated to get underway next month. Work is expected to be finished by the fall, with a grand opening next spring.