Commission says skate park is coming

Published: Jul. 23, 2013 at 3:06 AM EDT
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Charleston skateboarders might have a new place to ride, if the County Park and Recreation Commission is able to secure a plot of downtown land.

"I will say there is a site that we're looking at.  What the commission just said loud and clear and strong was, 'go get that site'," Commission Executive Director Tom O'Rourke said.

The commission agreed Monday night to move forward with a plan to appraise a parcel of land that would become the future site of a skateboarding park.  Many supporters attended the meeting to encourage the board to swiftly pursue land for a park.

Several years ago, plans for a $2 million downtown park became stalled.

"Once we got through the drainage issues and the thickness of the concrete and all the things that had to happen, the price of the project went all the way up to $3.8 million," O'Rourke said.

O'Rourke would not specify exactly where the anticipated property is located, but said the commission will likely place a bid next month.

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