After years of wrangling over a location, the city announced today it would build its first skatepark at Tobey Park, near Flicker Street and Avery Avenue in Midtown.
“We are very pleased to finally let our local skateboard community know that this project is moving forward,” Memphis mayor A C Wharton said in a statement. “This is one more terrific quality of life investment in the heart of our city that will provide a safe, healthy, active resource for hundreds of our city’s children."
Funding for the skatepark — $440,000 — was approved by the City Council a few years ago, but the project stalled as possible locations — Overton, Glenview, and Rodney Baber parks — were explored. Tobey, one of the first options on the table, has the added benefit of lights, which would mean the park could be open extended hours.
The design team, a partnership between nationally renowned Wormhoudt Incorporated and Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates, is expected to host a public meeting within the next 30 days.