City moves forward with skate park

Special to the PRESS

City of South Padre Island leaders and residents have long debated the idea of building a skate park, and at Wednesday’s City Council meeting, council members moved forward with a recommendation to construct such a facility at the new John L. Tompkins Park.

This issue was a recent point of contention at the Parks, Recreation, and Beautification committee meeting, when many residents spoke out against a skate park in that location. The discussion was heated with some residents speaking against a skate park in general while others encouraged that it be built at a different location. In addition, dimensions for the park have been considered and the figure that has been discussed included a 60 by 80 square foot park at a cost of about $85,000. Those who oppose the park expressed concern, saying they felt the size was “wholly inappropriate” for the location.

A public workshop has been scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m. to weigh options for phase two of the park.

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