A new skate park is whetting Roanoke skaters’ appetites after opening last week.
The 20,000-square-foot Roanoke Skate Park, located next to Cannon Parkway Park, opened Wednesday after about 10 months of construction and two years of planning, said Ronnie Angel, director of Parks & Recreation.
It’s a unique skate park, designed to incorporate the city’s “The Unique Dining Capital of Texas” theme.
A grind rail looks like a butter knife, one piece is shaped like a giant spoon and, of course, there’s the bowl.
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“I talked to some of the skaters, and they all said there’s nothing like skating the spoon anywhere,” Angel said. “The bowl feature is a bit different, more challenging than some.”
About 50 skaters tried out the new park Wednesday night, with an age range from about 7 to 65.
Angel said dozens of kids in the community attended city council meetings to discuss what features they wanted in the $1.1 million park. It’s part of a larger parks project, that also included sand volleyball courts, a restroom, parking lot, walking trail and lights at Cannon Parkway Park.
The city called Wednesday a “soft opening,” with an official grand opening sometime in March. It is open from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. every day.
Mark David Smith, 817-390-7808