This Saturday, June 11, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Atlanta’s first skate park will open as part of Historic Fourth Ward Park on the Atlanta BeltLine. The Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark is one of three new parks opening as part of the Atlanta BeltLine in 2011 and is the culmination of a multi-year partnership between the community, City government, the Atlanta BeltLine and the private and nonprofit sectors.

City Councilmember Kwanza Hall, City and Atlanta BeltLine Officials will join the community and Atlanta’s vibrant skateboard community to officially open the new park, which also includes a multi-use field, a playground and sustainable water and energy features. Attendees are encouraged to picnic and bring blankets to relax on the field if they choose.

The Tony Hawk Foundation provided a $25,000 grant towards the construction of the Skatepark, and Tony Hawk himself made several design suggestions. Members of the Tony Hawk Foundation staff will travel from California to attend the event, and several skaters from the Nike Skateboarding team will participate in demonstrations at the opening of the park between 3 and 4 p.m.

Thomas Taylor, owner of Stratosphere Skateboards in Little Five Points and a longtime leader in the Atlanta skateboarding community played a key role, with many others, in bringing the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark into being. “Years ago, we built Foundation Skatepark on this site so skaters would have a place to go. When the Atlanta BeltLine came along and included us in the planning and design process, we were really happy to have a city partner to create a world-class facility. I believe we have succeeded, and skaters will come from all over to experience it for themselves,” said Thomas Taylor.

The park is located at 830 Willoughby Way, Atlanta, Georgia 30312, and there will be three lots for parking only a short walk away. Parking for Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark is very limited and will be available on a first-come/first-served basis. On-street parking will not be available on Willoughby Way, Ashley Ave. or East Ave.

Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, or take MARTA Bus Route #16 (NobleDowntown/Noble-Executive Park) which makes multiple stops along Ralph McGill Boulevard near the Skatepark. For more information on the event, parking and directions, please visit Events.BeltLine.org.

 

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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