Revamping

Marshalltown Skate Park updates to begin in 2018

CONTRIBUTED GRAPHIC The Marshalltown Skate Park, located at 821 S. 6th St., is about to get a facelift. The Parks and Rec Advisory Board, in collaboration with other local entities, is working to design and raise funds to make the project a reality. Pictured is a preliminary sketch of the additions, which will include: a jump box, grind rails, a grind box, skate benches, quarter pipes, a pyramid corner, a bank ramp, and a 125-foot-long pump track made into a parks and rec complex, if and when the needed funding is secured. The project is set to begin in summer 2018.

The Marshalltown Skate Park, located at 821 S. 6th St., was installed in 2010 to appeal to skateboarders, BMX bikers and inline skaters. But after evaluating the responses provided by those who completed the recent Parks and Rec survey, a plan to enhance the grounds is in the first stages of development.

“The recently completed Parks and Recreation Master Plan identified a lack of facilities and activities for youth in Marshalltown,” said Parks and Rec. Director Anne Selness. “More than 400 students took the survey for youth, and a pump track and skate park came out as one of their highest priority needs.”

Earlier this week, Selness spoke with the Parks and Rec Advisory Board, proposing a series of enhancements.

“The Skatepark is on city land and is centrally located near Mega-10 Park, the aquatic center, the YMCA and the Linn Creek Recreational Trail, as well as the Marshalltown Softball complex,” Selness explained. “With the recent upgrade and expansion of Mega-10 Park, we would like to continue making this part of the city a sought out ‘Destination Park Area.'”

The proposed additions include: a jump box, grind rails, a grind box, skate benches, quarter pipes, a pyramid corner, a bank ramp, and a 125-foot-long pump track made into a parks and recreation complex.

“The current equipment at the skate park is no longer challenging and does not have enough variation to attract all levels of skaters and bikers,” Selness said. “The existing equipment was installed as a starting point and was never intended to be the final park.”

Unfortunately, some skaters have taken it upon themselves to rectify this problem.

“An upgraded state of the art facility will ‘contain’ some of the current improper uses,” Selness said.

Selness noted how several entities have been involved in the revamping process, including Matt Gerstandt at Black Tire Bike Company, who is assisting with the planning design for the upgrade. Additional partners include: the City of Marshalltown and the Marshalltown Skate Park Committee. The Parks and Recreation Advisory board members will help design and engineer a graffiti wall for the park area.

“Graffiti, often used synonymously with street art, has become aesthetically trendy in many places across America and will allow people to express their feelings though this public art form,” Selness said.

Fundraising efforts have begun. The Skate Park Committee already raised funds this year to have lights installed at the park to allow for nighttime usage.

“We will be raising funds for the 2018 upgrade to the Marshalltown Skate Park and are searching for donations for this exciting project for our area youth,” Selness said.

Around $30,000 in additional funds is needed for the project which has been projected to cost $65,000-70,000. Work will begin in summer 2018.

“Installation will not take long. [But] the preliminary designs will depend on the funds we raise,” Selness said. “This additional park amenity to the city will bring people from throughout the county and nearby cities to experience spectacular recreation facilities that can accommodate all ages and abilities in one location.”

For more information, Selness may be reached at: aselness@marshalltown-ia.gov or 641-754-5715, ext. 4.

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Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or sjordan@timesrepublican.com