Let’s build a park to make J.W. proud

July 24, 2013

It’s been almost 25 years in the making, but the City of Granbury will finally be building the skate park kids and grownups alike have been dreaming of.

Some 23 years ago, the son of retiring City Services Director Keith Callahan sent him a letter in the mail asking for the city to pretty please build a skate park for children to enjoy.

The then 11-year-old J.W. Callahan wrote, “Dear Mr. Callahan, I am 11 years old and I ride a skateboard. I am writing to you to try to persuade you to put in a skate park. I think it will (keep) skateboarders off the streets and out of trouble. It might save our lives. Thanks.”

J.W. Callahan is now a 34-year-old father of two.

The first planning phase of the skate park took place at the Granbury Conference Center on May 16, the day after the area’s devastating tornado. While turnout was adequate, there will be another opportunity for the public’s input Thursday at 6:30 pm. This meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of the Granbury City Hall.

The skate park’s designers will present two options for the public and are encouraging all public input.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the “Skate park Design Workshop 2.” This facilitated workshop will allow citizens to be a part of creating Granbury’s new community skate park, see the preliminary concept plan and contribute ideas for the final design.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on this new project and allow the public the opportunity to work alongside internationally recognized designers on creating Granbury’s new community skate park.

Hood County youth and their families are especially encouraged to attend and provide their input on this new city facility and to be a part of the public process. Thoughts, ideas and creativity are more than welcome.

We hope J.W. likes it.

It looks like it’s going to be another fun summer out here at the athletic complex, so come on out. For more information, check out the City’s Parks and Recreation Web site at: www.quickscores.com/granbury.

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