Ogden Skatepark site undergoes construction this week

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The site of the future Ogden skatepark will officially go under development this week. Photo of the construction site courtesy of New Hanover County Parks and Gardens.
The site of the future Ogden Skatepark will officially go under development this week. Photo of the construction site courtesy of New Hanover County Parks and Gardens.

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.

Wilmington's Wilmington's Greenfield Grind Skatepark is one of two existing skate parks in New Hanover County. The county is planning to build its own skate park at Ogden Park this year. Photo courtesy City of Wilmington.
Wilmington’s Greenfield Grind Skatepark is one of two existing skateparks in New Hanover County. Photo courtesy City of Wilmington.

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.

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