Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

Owensboro City Officials Announce Plans for New Skate Park

skateboarding 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (5/2/13) – A public information meeting at City Hall on Tuesday made many skaters in Owensboro very happy, as plans for a new skate park at Chautauqua Park were made public. The meeting, hosted by the Owensboro Parks and Recreation Department, introduced New York based Skate Park Design company Spohn Ranch and their man designated to head up the new project, Hays Hitzing.

Hitzing told those present, which consisted of about 50 local skaters, BMX enthusiasts, and inline skaters, that a 1.3 acre tract of land had been selected at the west corner of Chautauqua Park, at the corner of Parrish and Bluff avenues.

“There are limitations that the site will bring and that the budget will bring,” said Hitzing, “but other than that, we’ve yet to decide what we will do with the design.”

Owensboro Parks and Recreation manager Amanda Rogers credited the local skate community and Owensboro mayor Ron Payne for introducing the idea of the new skate park to the community.

“At a city commission meeting, the mayor said we really need to take this seriously and find what it would take to make this work,” said Rogers. “Between his leadership and the local skate community’s voice, I think those two things are what got us here.”

Owensboro has been without a skate park since Owensboro’s last skate park closed down almost ten years ago. The Owensboro YMCA was in charge of the skate park at Chautauqua Park where wooden ramps were first installed there in 1996. According to Rogers, that park lasted almost 10 years before closing. With it gone, local skaters had to drive between thirty minutes and an hour to find a skate park that they could use. Now, most just find parking lots and parking garages to skate in.

“I’ve been kicked off of almost every sidewalk and parking lot in Owensboro,” one young local skater said. “If you get caught, it’s like a $500 fine and then they take your board. It’s ridiculous. I’m glad the city finally recognized the need.”

Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne took special interest in the skate park project after he talked to a group of skaters at Riverfront Crossing in Smothers Park. As with most other businesses and public venues in Owensboro, he noticed that the skaters were being made to leave.

“I had a really nice talk with that group of skateboarders, and they asked me to find them a place to skate,” said Payne, noting that he thought the group made an excellent case. “I realized that if we were going to forbid them from doing what they loved in our public venues, then it became incumbent upon us to find them a place to skate.”  

According to Payne, the more research city officials did on other major communities, the more they came to realize what a popular attraction the skate park could add to Owensboro. He also expressed appreciation for the local skate community for their support of the community in building this skate park.

“I have been so impressed with how much support the skate community in Owensboro has shown,” said Payne. “As with everything else we have done in Owensboro, we are going to build this skate park, and we are going work with the best people to get the best results.”

Payne told SurfKY News up to $800,000 has been budgeted for the project.

Alex Reid
SurfKY News
Photo provided by Alex Reid

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

July 24, 2014 3764

Powderly Man Injured in Apparent Gun…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 23, 2014 2758

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - July 23,…

in Top Stories by Crime Stoppers
July 24, 2014 2666

Madisonville Man Charged for Drugs,…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
July 23, 2014 2267

Greenville Family Loses Home, Possessions…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 25, 2014 2077

No One Injured in Truck-Train Collision

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

July 23, 2014 2758

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - July 23,…

in Top Stories by Crime Stoppers
July 24, 2014 2666

Madisonville Man Charged for Drugs,…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
July 25, 2014 2077

No One Injured in Truck-Train Collision

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News
July 25, 2014 1359

Vehicle Strikes Lawn Mower Driven on…

in Top Stories by Dep. Mike Evans
July 24, 2014 1048

Hopkins County Fair Provides Family Fun

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

July 23, 2014 1521

Owensboro Neighborhood Alliance Meeting…

in News by Sherry Girten
July 23, 2014 1470

Fall Baseball League Registrations

in News by Brittni Bunn
July 24, 2014 1290

US 231 Ohio River 'William Natcher'…

in News by Keith Todd
July 24, 2014 969

Maintenance Scheduled at Fisher Park and…

in News by Brittni Bunn
July 24, 2014 828

Portion of Spring Bank Drive Closed…

in News by Sherry Girten

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

July 24, 2014 3764

Powderly Man Injured in Apparent Gun…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 23, 2014 2267

Greenville Family Loses Home, Possessions…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 23, 2014 1966

Swinging for Sadie Raises $6,000 for…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
July 24, 2014 1697

Muhlenberg to Have State's Only Honey…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 24, 2014 1256

Marching Mustangs Band Camp Underway

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03