Keller Citizen

Roanoke opens new skate park with culinary design

Performing a tail slide at the skate park is Chris Wilkinson, of Lewisville.
Performing a tail slide at the skate park is Chris Wilkinson, of Lewisville. Star-Telegram

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.

“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

Twitter: @MarkSmith_FWST

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