City Council votes to proceed with skatepark design

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) — City Council voted on Tuesday to hire a company to design a skatepark in Meridian. The design work will cost more than $14,000.

The company is Grindline Skateparks. To launch this project, the council divided it into two phases.

The first is to have the company test different locations where the park could be built. Then it will come up with a design. The second phase is to see where the money is coming from to pay for the design and construction of the park.

WTOK News 11 spoke with the owner of Mugshots, who is excited about the direction this project is taking.

“I’m a skateboarding advocate because I grew up skateboarding. I still skateboard and encourage my kids to skateboard,” said Trey Gamble. “It’s like any other hobby, like sports. It is now an Olympic sport. I also served on the board of State Games for a few years. And it is important that we develop the State Games. To have a facility for skateboarders and to be able to add it as a sport, State Games has already stepped in and said they will add it as a sport. So this will be a big problem for State Games.

Ward 5 Councilwoman Ty Bell Lindsey said the design would be that of a park on four wheels.

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