Thanks Michael for the great video!
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.
Just left the park and all I can say is “Wow!” We are coming down the home stretch and I can’t wait to skate this thing! Stay tuned as we will be announcing a soft opening date soon (when you can actually start skating) with an official grand opening to take place later this summer once all the new park amenities are in place …
Hey guys and gals! Check out this awesome time lapse video from the park on 5/15/15. Video and footage by our friend Richie Wireman
Bathrooms and a sidewalk connecting the parking lot to the skatepark are both needed at Berry Hill and not currently being proposed for funding in the Mayor’s FY 2016 budget. This week (May 7) a Council committee meets with Parks to review the Mayor’s budget and discuss what is missing. It would be really great if some folks wrote to the Council to ask them to be aware that the restrooms are not funded and that there is still no funds for a sidewalk to the skatepark. This means that our new skatepark (designed for handicap accessibility) is not truly accessible to people with mobility impairments.
If you pull up this video you can see the previous unanimous vote by Council to recommend the Mayor place restrooms in Berry Hill in his FY 2016 budget (1:00:55). They were not included, however, in the Mayor’s budget and if they are to be added, this upcoming meeting will be key in getting the needed funds.
If you are inclined to take action the three council members reviewing the Parks portion of the budget are:
Shevawn Akers: email@example.com
Amanda Bledsoe: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jake Gibbs: email@example.com
We also recommend contacting our Council Member Jennifer Scutchfield and Council Member Fred Brown (he is the Council Member for Berry Hill Park; the line runs smack dab down the parking lot and old bike trail) since they both represent the constituents who use this park.
Video of the previous unanimous vote here:
I think that it goes without saying, but just to be sure… If you can contact these folks, please be kind, courteous, and polite. There are many new council members who are new to all that we have been working on the past few years so it may very well be that the new folks are unaware of this issue. Thanks for helping!