Construction on the Ogden Skatepark in northern New Hanover County is scheduled to get underway this week.
Grindline Skatepark staff officially began construction at the skatepark located at 615 Ogden Park Drive on Tuesday morning, according to New Hanover County Parks and Gardens.
Some site preparation had been completed in advance of their arrival. According to county parks and recreation director Tara Duckworth, the area was grubbed and fill was brought in to build up the site for construction. The fill was donated by Thomson, Corder & Co., a local contracting company.
Ogden Skatepark will be developed into a 10,000-square-foot outdoor concrete skating facility within Ogden Park in two phases, Duckworth said. The skatepark will include various street elements, a bowl and a “snake run,” a shallow winding, waterslide-like path.
Development of both phases one and two of the skatepark will take place simultaneously. The $300,000 project includes the bowl and street elements like railings. Another $150,000 covers the cost to add the “snake run” and other phase-two implements.
In March, the Tony Hawk Foundation decided to award the Ogden Skate Park $25,000 toward construction. It’s the maximum grant amount the foundation hands out in its twice-yearly funding cycles. Ogden Skatepark was one of eight to receive the round of grant money and the only recipient from North Carolina.
The project is slated to take six months to complete.