Long-awaited skate park opens in Galveston

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">The long-awaited Galveston Municipal Skate Park is now open at Menard Park on Galveston Island.  The skate park will be open daily from 6am to 10pm.  &#40;Photo: Gina Larson&#41;</span></div>
June 27, 2008 2:47:18 PM PDT
It's been a long time coming, but Galveston's Municipal Skate Park is finally open, and hundreds of enthusiasts are already big fans!The city officially broke ground on the skate park in January of this year, but community support for the project originated more than seven years ago. Following the development of an ordinance banning skateboarding, local enthusiasts organized and began a grassroots campaign to raise money for a park. Eight years later, the skaters finally have a place to call home.

Grindline, an internationally known firm that is dedicated to state-of-the-art skate park design and construction, was awarded the $285,439 contract in December 2007. Park funding ultimately included many cash and in-kind donations, in addition to the city's donation of land for the site and Community Development Block Grant money.

The skate park is located in Galveston's Menard Park at 2119 27th Street. It's open from 6am to 10pm daily. The park is free.

Skaters are warned they skate at their own risk. Riders are required to wear a helmet and pads. No bicycles or roller blades are allowed.