Skateboard Park Renovation
History of the Skateboard Park
In 2000, Hudson parents, students, and school administrators approached City Council and the Park Board about building skate park for teens. With many young skateboarding enthusiasts in our community, Hudsonites were looking for activities in the parks for teenagers. Originally, a temporary skate park was built on property located at Stow and Middleton Roads. Knowing this was only a temporary location to see how the facility would be used, the City looked for a permanent location. About 15 years ago, a permanent skate park was build on Veterans Way. The original construction was a concrete pad with wooden equipment.
Skateboard Park Renovations 2019
Over the years, the wood structures have deteriorated and the Park Board scheduled the park for improvement upgrades in 2019. Both the structures underneath and on the surface.are starting to fall apart and are causing safety concerns.
For two years, Hudson Parks staff reached out to skateboard park users seeking input on new structural features that could be incorporated into the improvement project. Staff shared these ideas and comments with the Park Board and utilized information gathered from the skate park users and input from City staff and Park Board members to issue a Request for Proposals for project design services.
The design services contract was awarded to the Grindline Concrete Skatepark Design and Construction in late 2018 based on the company's experience and competitive pricing. The final design was presented to the Park Board and City Council in February, 2019. The estimated cost for the renovated park was $250,000. Council approved the $250,000 expenditure to come from Park Funds. No general fund money would be used for the improvements.
After additional input from local and regional skaters, the designer's recommendation is to enlarge the project's footprint by 2,500 square feet for safety and improved functionality. The cost to enlarge the the footprint is $125,000. Vans Shoe Company has offered a $50,000 grant to the City for the park, bringing to total additional funding needed for the enlarged footprint to $75,000. The request to amend the original budget to increase by $75,000 is now before City Council.