The idea of a skate park is gaining momentum among city officials.
In early January, Friends of the Greenway president Trevor Galligan announced the group had obtained a grant to establish a skate park within the city of McMinnville. The grant is for $90,000 and was received from The Steven and Kate Smith Community Trust with the stipulation the skate park be named after the couple.
Information about the grant was presented to the city Parks and Recreation Committee.
“I apologize and take all the blame for not informing everybody,” said Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord. “I was approached with the possibility of grant money and I needed to act fast so I went ahead and acted fast. I thought a skate park would be a good idea if we could get the money. I put in for the grant and I was rejected. I approached Trevor and his group to see if they would take up the cause. They put in for the grant and it was accepted. Again, I apologize. I never thought we would get the money.”
Friends of the Greenway has until Jan. 1, 2018 to use the grant.
At this point, plans on placement and design are in the preliminary stage. Consideration is being given to a pad that’s about 90 feet by 40 feet. However, the organization would like user input prior to any definite plans being generated as to amenities the park would provide.
Consideration on placement is behind the Civic Center between ballfields.
Aldermen Ben Newman asked if the skate park would be open all the time, enclosed with a fence, or manned.
“I envision a fence around it,” said McCord. “That would be up to you. It’s all up in the air right now. I visited Athens years ago and they have a fence around theirs. It’s not manned.”
Newman supported the organization’s idea of user input.
“I think the committee needs to approve Scott setting up a community feedback session or whatever you want to call it and maybe get some people who have dealt with this before,” said Newman.
Newman, as well as Aldermen Kate Alsbrook and Steve Harvey, approved a community meeting.