Park Board to partner with City of Skate to upgrade skate parks

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is partnering with City of Skate to improve its skate parks.

Commissioners approved an agreement May 4 with the local non-profit skate park advocacy organization that formally outlines a collaborative effort to develop bigger and better skate parks. COS, a Twin Cities-based coalition of skateboarders and parents, will also be the board’s primary philanthropic partner in fundraising for new skate parks and improvements to the city’s six existing skate parks.

The Park Board has outlined plans for two more skate parks in recent master plans. The board plans to add a skate park to Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park near the Lake Nokomis Community Center, a project that is estimated to cost $500,000. Northeast Athletic Field Park could get a destination skate park near Jim Lupient Water Park at a cost of $900,000-$1.2 million. The board built six skate parks in Armatage, Bottineau, Brackett, Creekview, Elliot and Morris parks between 2002 and 2004, one in each park district.

Park staff expect to present a draft of a Skate Park Activity Plan to the board for approval by the end of the year. The plan would articulate capital needs, maintenance guidelines and design standards to meet the city’s need for skate parks.

“City of Skate looks forward to this partnership with the MPRB to establish world-class quality skate parks that will serve the youth and communities of Minneapolis,” said Paul Forsline, City of Skate president, in a statement.