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Fearless skaters and bike riders are wasting no time breaking in Lansdale’s newest Parks & Recreation amenity at Fourth Street Park. The long-awaited, highly anticipated skatepark will officially open today as construction of the physical park is complete. “Lansdale, and specifically the Parks & Recreation Department, is proud to provide a public feature that caters to our younger residents,” said Parks & Recreation Director Karl Lukens. “We see the skatepark as a place where kids will spend a lot of time being active and making life-long friends.”
Conversations about a skatepark in Lansdale started ten years ago when the Borough was looking for ways to engage those kids who do not participate in traditional sports. Lansdale truly embraced the fact that there are alternate opportunities for this underrepresented group and found a way to give them what they needed. According to Borough Council Vice President and Parks & Recreation Committee Chairwoman Mary Fuller, “Taking part in this process has provided a lesson in community. Seeing the youth in Lansdale attend meetings and share their thoughts was refreshing and allowed us to build something that they can use today, but will also remain meaningful to them in the future because they know they were part of the process.”
That process involved multiple community meetings in which more than 100 local skaters contributed ideas for the skatepark design. After contracting with 5th Pocket Skateparks, a regional skater owned and operated design and build company, the Borough along with engineers Remington and Vernick finalized a plan that was constructed by 5th Pocket with sitework completed by Marino Corporation that offers elements to satisfy the needs and wants of all skatepark patrons. Lansdale’s cutting-edge park features state-of-the-art structures suitable for a wide range of skill levels including quarter pipe, bowl, clam shell saddle, slanted hubba ledge, multiple rails and a center island.
Locals were out in the park as soon as the concrete dried, but with today’s completion of construction the Lansdale Skatepark is looking awesome and is ready for the public to enjoy! After a decade of planning and anticipation, the Borough looks forward to holding a naming/dedication ceremony in the near future.