Skateboarders, BMX riders and inline skaters have a new park in Lexington to perfect the latest tricks. Today, the City’s Division of Parks & Recreation and the non-profit group Friends for Skateparks announced the opening of the Berry Hill skatepark at 3489 Buckhorn Drive. The 18,000-square-foot skatepark features a flow bowl, snake run, street section, stairs and rails.
“I think the park will be very popular with local skaters and bikers, and give out-of-town skaters a reason to come visit our city,” said Gavin Duerson, president of Friends for Skateparks. “I am especially excited with how the snake run turned out. It is a truly unique feature that no other park in the region comes close to offering.”
The park was designed and built by Dreamland Skateparks, LLC, an Oregon-based company with more than 20 years experience in skatepark construction. One of Dreamland’s craftsmen, Burke Morris, is a Lexington native who incorporated Bluegrass-themed elements into the design. Some of the concrete in the skatepark was stamped with horseshoes and stylized to mimic limestone, and one of the metal rails features galloping Thoroughbreds.
Additional work on the skatepark will continue throughout the summer, including installation of a sidewalk, benches, signage, drinking fountain and landscaping. An opening celebration is planned for August.
Berry Hill is Lexington’s third and largest skatepark. The skatepark in Woodland Park opened in 1999, and a small skate pad designed for beginners opened at Kirklevington Park in 2012. The new skatepark’s features and obstacles are expected to appeal to skateboarders, bikers and skaters of all skill levels.
The Berry Hill skatepark was an initiative of former 8th District Councilmember George Myers. The City partnered with Friends for Skateparks to design and raise money for the project. The group has hosted public meetings and continues fundraising efforts for other skatepark features planned in the future. Donors and volunteers include Cosmic Skateshop, Wilson Equipment and dozens of citizens across the community.
Cash or gift-in-kind donations may be made online at http://www.friendsforskateparks.com.
Contact: Michelle Kosieniak, Superintendent of Parks Planning
Stayed tuned for news about an official grand opening event later this summer once all the park amenities are officially complete.