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Isle of Wight County is in the process of securing funds to renovate the Skate Park at Nike Park.
Currently there is an outdoor 15,000 square foot skate/bmx bike facility located at Carrollton Nike District Park in Isle of Wight County. In 2000, the County purchased used wooden ramps from another municipality and opened the only facility of this type in the County. The ramps are over 12 years old, and time has taken its toll and they are in poor condition. The facility serves hundreds of users weekly, ranging in age from 3 years to adults that participate in skateboarding, bmx biking, scootering and in-line skating. As the ramps continue to age, the annual maintenance costs increase for repairs and upkeep.
In 2008, the park was closed for approximately a year, until funding could be acquired to replace (2) of the most deteriorated wooden ramps with metal ramps. This initial ramp replacement was funded by a partnership with a local non-profit and county funds. The park re-opened in 2009. With funding limitations, the county has not been able to keep up with the ramp replacements each year. Park closure once again is a reality.
In May 2011, a group of concerned youth, working in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Department, and a local non-profit, formed the “Friends of Nike Skate/BMX Park” group. Over the past year, they have increased the awareness of the problem, and are in the process of raising funds. In March of 2012, the County, working with a citizen’s advisory team, prioritized its master plan for Nike Park and the renovations of the skate/bmx park is the second amenity on the list, only following improvements to soccer field parking, which is being addressed in the FY13 County CIP.
The Friends Group, along with the park staff, has spent the past year analyzing various options for the park in an effort to avoid another closure. The ideal solution would be, at one time, to replace all of the remaining ramps, with concrete ramps that require minimal annual maintenance. Currently ramps are replaced one at a time, and only as county funding is available. This process would take years, and the wooden ramps will not last that long. Although the metal ramps are more desirable than the wooden ramps from a maintenance standpoint, due to a variety of reasons, mostly related to surface temperatures of metal in the summer months, is not the material of choice by the users. Concrete is the ideal and preferred material, for both the users and the maintenance staff. The preliminary estimate on a concrete park is $250,000 to $300,000. The existing area can be used, thus eliminating site work expense, and allowing for project funding to focus on actual ramp development.
In March 2012, a local non-profit committed $150,000 to the project. The Friends Group is currently holding fundraisers, and the Parks Department is seeking grants to acquire additional funds. The donation provides the match funding and has enabled the County to be eligible for a Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant. At the end of 2012 the Nike Park Skate Park received the Land, Water and Conservation Fund Grant and plans to have the new concrete park installed by the end of the year 2014.
- Remember, you must have a Release Form on file to ride.
- Participants under the age of 18 must sign Release Form along with Parent/Guardian
- Parent or Guardian must be present at the Park at initial signup for those participants under age 18
- The Skate Park is SKATE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Release forms can also be obtained at the Parks and Recreation Main Office:13036 Nike Park Road, Carrollton, Virginia 23314 Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm