Public meet next week on skatepark design

May 8, 2013

A public meeting to get input on the design for the city’s new skatepark will be held next week at the Granbury Resort Conference Center on East Pearl Street.

The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 16.

Granbury city officials are working with New Line Skateparks to begin work this summer on the new attraction, which will be located off Crossland Street, near the soccer fields and not far from the Law Enforcement Center (LEC). The skatepark will also accommodate BMX bikes.

The city has budgeted $250,000 for Phase I. The park will be expanded and improved upon as more money becomes available, said City Manager Wayne McKethan.

City officials are seeking input from the public because they want citizens to be happy with the entertainment venue and also because they know that the money for Phase I will only go so far.

‘‘What we’re looking for is the best way to spend our money so that it meets the needs of our citizens,” said McKethan. “There’s lots of alternatives for ways to build this park. We’re going to design it in two phases so that we will get the most out of our initial $250,000 investment.”

Around mid-summer, members of the City Council will meet with city staff as part of the annual budgetary process for the new fiscal year that will begin on Oct. 1. McKethan did not give a firm commitment of any additional money for the skatepark being part of the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget.

“It will be part of any budget discussion as we move forward, but right now we’re focused on Phase I,” he said.

Though initially there was talk that more than one public meeting might be held to discuss the park’s design, McKethan said that the one next week will likely be the only one.

“We’re going to be moving on this pretty quickly,” he said.

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