In early October, representative Micah Shapiro of Seattle, WA based Grindline Skateparks flew in to Parkersburg to meet with city officials about the construction of an estimated 8,000 square foot skate facility in Fort Neal Park next to the E.L.I.T.E. Sports Facility. A public meeting was also held to gather feedback from local skate boarders and inline skaters as to what they would like to see built.
Posted today on the Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation's website are the first drafts of the skate plaza's design. Grindline is looking to continue working with the community, seeking additional feedback on these first drafts. The designs will be available on the foundation's website for a one week period starting today, where everyone is encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas.
Grindline will be keeping tabs on the website's comments section and incorporating these ideas into the design. Shapiro is then planning to return to Parkersburg November, 23rd to present the updated designs and continue working with the Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation to refine them. The final drafts are scheduled to be completed by December, 20th and expecting to break ground early spring 2011.