Skate park construction begins in Ardmore

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

ARDMORE, OK -- Officials say that construction has officially started on the long-anticipated Ardmore Skate Park. Officials from Ardmore’s Parks and Recreation Department say dirt work for the new skate park finally started early this week. When the project is completed, Ardmore will have one of the three largest skate parks in Oklahoma.

The skate park will cover 16,000 square feet once it is completed. In August, officials had a difficult time finding a bidder for the project, but after three tries the company known as California Skate Parks submitted the winning bid. The project is worth about $490,000.

"This skate park will be one that’s going to be unique. There’s only going to be a couple more in the state of Oklahoma similar in size and scope. Something very unique is what we wanted when we started this project. We didn’t want a cookie cutter project. We wanted something unique," Ardmore Parks and Recreation director Kevin Boatright says.

In addition to city funds, private donations also made the project possible. Park officials do not expect construction to last more than 120 days, which means the park could be finished as soon as March 2008.

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  • by heather Location: ardmore on Mar 10, 2008 at 05:13 PM
    Im only 25 and I dont care for skate boarding but I think the park is a GREAT IDEA. It will help keep kids off the streets and out of trouble by giving them something to do. This town is boring and needs improvements. So thanks Ardmore for doing something for the people of Ardmore.
  • by Sam Location: Kingston on Jan 8, 2008 at 07:34 PM
    Republican in Ardmore, you want to talk about wasting money, take a good look at your friends in the White House.
  • by Paul Location: Dallas on Dec 15, 2007 at 08:16 AM
    and Republican, not to beat a dead horse... but as an educated skater, what exactly is going on in your library? One thing I don't think kids should be doing is studing at such a young age. Save the stud work for the farm and studying for the library.
  • by Rob Location: Allen on Dec 14, 2007 at 08:49 PM
    Republican: I'm a 36-year old conservative that skates. I have a family, am successful in business and involved with church. I've never used drugs, and certainly was not "academically below average." Please don't lump in the whole of skateboarding with a bad experience you may have encountered. You wouldn't ban a football stadium just because of Michael Vick, would you?
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Dec 11, 2007 at 08:34 PM
    Thanks- I failed to mention the pro side of skateboarding. I'm sure my son woulda reminded me as well (lol). And I did forget to mention my son and two of his friends are building their own skatepark at one of the friends' houses on the south side of town. Yes, Sherman has a skatepark- kinda small, but they have one. Kudos to the folks in Ardmore for the new skatepark.
  • by Paul Location: Dallas on Dec 10, 2007 at 05:02 PM
    Hey Republican, I'm a college educated 32 year-old skater. I don't do drugs and travel often to other cities to visit their skate parks. Not sure what you do to stay healthy but I've got to tell you skating is great exercise, a great way to meet people and a great way to condition your mind. If you ever want to cross over I'll have an extra board in the car
  • by Jeff Location: Burleson, TX on Dec 10, 2007 at 02:49 PM
    Hey Republican, I hope we can change your opinion of skateboarders. My son is in his 30's and still skateboarding. He's also a college educated senior photographer for Fossil, the watch company. I am in my 50's and still skateboarding with him and we do it mostly at skateboard parks. I own a successful company and skateboarding has been a very postitive force in my family's life for 40 years. We will be spending money in your town and it won't be going to the casinos. Cheers!
  • by Carter Location: San Antonio on Dec 10, 2007 at 09:22 AM
    Dear Republican, I have been skateboarding for 20 years, and I'm also a college graduate and gainfully employed. I think one of the great unseen benefits of this skate park is that it will attract tourism. I will definitely be traveling from San Antonio to visit this fine facility. Kevin Boatright deserve praise!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2007 at 09:17 AM
    To Midniteryder: Don't forget that skateboarding is a Professional Sport now-a-days too. There's a lot of money in the sport. My fiance was going to be sponsored before he broke his ankle.
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Dec 9, 2007 at 06:45 AM
    Hey Republican in Ardmore- I have a 17-year-old son who is on the honor roll, does his schoolwork, and likes to ride skateboards. Ho doesn't drink, smoke or do drugs, checks in with us where he's going, and hangs out with kids who I don't mind having over in my home. His hair may be a bit long, but he has a heart big as Texas, and even though I'm a right-winger, I let him find his own way and form his own opinions. I'd rather he and his friends were at a skatepark doing their stunts instead of on the sidewalks or out in the streets, or being in environments where they can really get into trouble. But of course, Ardmore is so squaky-clean, you don't have that problem, right? I'm also conservative enough to make you look like a Communist, so don't even go there. Now, would you like to try to stereotype skateboarders again, or are you going to keep your narrow opinions to yourself? And oh-yes, he has college plans. Wanna shoot off your yap again?
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