A new skate park is coming to Foster Park "later this summer," city officials announced today.
City officials announced in a media release that an "Urban Plaza" skate park will be constructed in the park, near the existing playground area. The 12,455-square-foot skate park "will have a street skating feel and will be close to the Walk of Excellence," according to the release.
The Kokomo Common Council on Monday approved $400,000 in spending for park improvements and upgrades. Kokomo Deputy Mayor David Tharp said today the skate park "will be part of that," although an exact cost will be determined once the city receives bids on the project.
"This additional amenity will be centrally-located and provide easy access to the trails, and other youth and family centered activities," said Mayor Greg Goodnight in the release.
"We have noticed an increase in skating activity and a transition to a more street style of skating in Kokomo. Building this in Foster Park will provide a quality venue for those wanting a street-style skate experience."
The city says the mayor's office and the parks department "worked closely with the local skateboarding community on design and location for the new skate park," specifically owner Taylor Sherik and Matt Clark and the team at Main Street Skatepark, an indoor facility at 1016 S. Main St.
The Main Street Skatepark group helped design the incoming Foster Park skate park and "identify what type of skate park our community needs and what skaters are looking for," according to city officials.
The park, which will be free, was designed for both beginners and expert skaters and will include bowls, ramps, handrail boxes and "a blend of varied skate terrain under LED lighting."
It will be built at Foster Park's east end, between the playground and Wildcat Creek, in an area that is right now a parking lot. Additional parking will be added near the playground to replace the outgoing parking availability.
City officials said construction is set to begin this summer, following by a late summer opening date.
The city currently operates two skate parks, according to its website. One is located at Jackson Morrow Park, while the other is found at Studebaker Park.