Skatepark picks up speed

Frank Watt, Palisade Public Works director, says plans are in the works to replace the 18-year-old wooden skateboard ramps he’s standing on in Veterans Memorial Park. If Palisade obtains a $150,000 grant, a 4,000-square-foot concrete skatepark will be built here in the spring.

Flow and street features.

Skateboarders from around the Grand Valley will be happy to know a plan for Palisade’s dual-phase skatepark aims to combine both of these elements.

Flow is the ability of skateboarders to pick up speed and cruise seamlessly through a skatepark. Street features include ramps, benches and jumps, areas to play and work on skills.

If Palisade obtains a $150,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant, plans for a first phase of the project should start to materialize next spring.

Palisade would contribute matching dollars of $50,000 from the Conservation Trust Fund for a total first phase cost of $200,000.

“They’re super excited,” Palisade Public Works Director Frank Watt said of local skaters, who have contributed their insights in meetings. “They need to show the community that spending $200,000 to build this was worthwhile.”

Palisade already obtained funds for a planning grant of $10,000 from GOCO with $10,000 from the Lions Club to use Grindline Skateparks to construct the new park.

Grindline also worked at West Middle School’s skatepark. Grand Junction and Palisade shared a proposal for the work.

A first phase of Palisade’s concrete skatepark will include a 4,000-square-foot area with a bowl that skaters can drop into. Skaters can jump a peach on a ramp, or rest on a flat top Mount Garfield replica on one side of the bowl.

A new, concrete skatepark would be available for use from all wheeled devices, including wheelchairs, bikes, scooters, strider bikes, rollerblades, as well as skateboards.

A new skatepark would replace the 18-year-old wooden ramps at Palisade’s Veterans Memorial Park, 120 W. Eighth St.

Basketball courts at the site will stay in the first phase, but they will be removed if Palisade can create a second phase of the skateboard park.

Phase 2 will include what’s called a “snake run” or an area to pick up speed around the outside of the bowl.

The build-out would require 7,000 square feet more space and a price tag of an additional $350,000.

Watt said fundraising efforts would have to help push the second phase along, One idea is to have Advanced Placement Art students at Palisade High School create art tiles and sell them. The tiles could be placed in the skatepark.

“That’s a very significant price tag,” Watt said about the entire project. “Part of what has to be demonstrated is having responsible, respectful users of the park. We’ve been looking at this as an opportunity of how do you get kids to buy into it, take ownership and protect it.”


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