In early 2020, Salida adopted a Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Master Plan to ensure the City is best serving the recreation needs and interests of the community – now, and in the future.
Why a Skatepark?
The Master Plan process involved extensive community input and participation from residents, including public meetings, focus groups, an online survey and work sessions with department staff members. In total, over 750 people shared their feedback. Throughout the community engagement process, we heard that a new skatepark was a priority.
Skatepark Funding and Location Determination
Hearing there was support behind this project, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department applied for a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Grant and was awarded $350,000 in March to help fund the project.
Based on current recreation options in town, participants in the Master Plan process believed that Centennial Park would be an ideal location for this new amenity.
Who Will Build the Park?
After securing the GOCO grant, an interview team composed of City staff and members of the community group Friends of Salida Skateparks evaluated and interviewed companies that specialize in skatepark design to build the new park. Grindline Skateparks, a world-renowned skatepark builder, was awarded the construction contract in May.
Local professional skater, Derek Scott, participated on the interview team. He said, “Grindline has decades of experience building in high altitudes of Colorado. Partnered with ideas from Friends of Salida Skateparks, I have no doubt that this will be a state-of-the-art facility that people will travel around the world to visit.”
According to Salida’s Parks and Recreation Director, Diesel Post, “Friends of Salida Skateparks and City staff were very diligent to select a team that integrated community input into the design process as much as possible. Grindline has a very clear plan and a proven track record for soliciting feedback from the entire community in their design process.”
Grindline has been engaging subcontractors, including landscape architects, construction companies, civil engineers and arborists to ensure that the integrity of the park is preserved.
Specific site selection was difficult and to preserve additional trees and parking in front of the Aquatics Center, the current basketball and sand volleyball court will be removed to make room for the skatepark. There are plans to rebuild the sand volleyball court in the future.
The City and Friends of Salida Skateparks are working to secure funding for additional park features like lighting, shade structures and restrooms to improve and expand the park’s use.
Grindline is hopeful that construction can start and be completed before winter weather sets in. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the grand opening may be delayed until 2021.
Help Us Design the Skatepark
If you could design a brand new skatepark, what skate elements would you include? The community is invited to provide input into specific design features of the skatepark. Go online and share your ideas.