Carbondale Looks to Build A Skate Park

Nov 1, 2016

The City of Carbondale is exploring the possibility of building a new skate board park.

The committee studying the issue is holding a public meeting Wednesday to gather public input for the design and construction of the facility.

Carbondale Park District executive director Kathy Renfro says there is a renewed interest from SIU students and the community as a whole. She says the meeting is intended to gather input from the skating community on what features they'd like to see before the committee starts designing the project.
 
"There's a lot of options out there and it's important we get some input from the skaters about what they're seeking."

Renfro says the proposed location is near the Carbondale Public Safety Center.
 
"We've identified that would be close enough to campus and still be in a good place where we could serve the Carbondale youth also. As you know, most of those schools, Lewis, CMS, and Carbondale Community High School all are just a few blocks from that Public Safety Center."

Renfro says the price tag could range from under 100-thousand dollars for a small skate park to around 500-thousand for a more elaborate facility.

The meeting is Wednesday from 4-7:30 p.m. at the Carbondale Civic Center.