WADSWORTH â€” Design options for the cityâ€™s proposed skate park will be discussed at a meeting Tuesday at Steiner Youth Center.
The public is invited to the session, which will begin at 7 p.m. in Room A of the center, 567 School Drive.
The skate park committee, comprised of volunteers who are interested in building a facility in Wadsworth, has been fundraising for more than a year, attempting to reach its $25,000 goal.
After it does, the city will kick in another $75,000, a press release states.
Mike Smith, director of the Wadsworth Recreation Department, said $16,000 has been raised so far. Although the skate park committee is still $9,000 from its goal, itâ€™s time to start the design process, he said.
â€œWe feel if we can start the design process, kids can pick what items will go into the skate park,â€ Smith related. â€œWe really want to get what is state-of-the-art (and) what skaters are looking for right now.â€
He said other cities have made the mistake of not involving young people in the design of skate parks, and â€œwe want to learn from those mistakes.â€
â€œWe want to learn from the kids, to make it what they want,â€ because theyâ€™ll be the ones using it, Smith related. â€œTheir input is invaluable.â€
Nick Moskos, a Wadsworth resident and landscape architect who has been involved with the design of skate parks in Cuyahoga Falls and Green, will lead a discussion Tuesday to determine whether the skate park should be a street, plaza or bowl park and what kinds of features it should include.
Smith said based on what heâ€™s heard from skateboarders, most of them want street elements in the skate park.
â€œ(A street park) has more features that are characteristic of where the kids go right now,â€ like curbs, steps, rails and picnic tables, he related, adding that when thereâ€™s no skate park, â€œthe city becomes the park.â€
A plaza park is like something one â€œwould see in a downtown urban areaâ€ with â€œtrees in planters, picnic areas, places where people would gather for a park-type experience,â€ Smith said.
He said thereâ€™s a â€œnationally knownâ€ plaza park in Kettering that can be viewed by visiting www.dcshoes.com and clicking on â€œhome,â€ then â€œskate plaza,â€ then â€œKettering info.â€
A bowl park is â€œmore curvedâ€ and has â€œramps that are not straight up and down,â€ Smith said, adding its design is similar to that of an in-ground poolâ€™s.
â€œWe may come up with a hybrid design,â€ he related. â€œItâ€™s up to the kids to help us, to tell us whatâ€™s most attractive to them.â€
Although a design hasnâ€™t been determined yet, a location has.
â€œIt will be next to Steiner Youth Center,â€ Smith said. â€œItâ€™s a good place. It wonâ€™t bother neighbors (and) itâ€™ll be easily supervised.â€
The skate park committee is still collecting donations. Those who are interested in making one can call LaVonda Belviso at 330-201-1119 or Smith at 330-335-2859.
WHAT: Meeting to discuss design options for Wadsworthâ€™s proposed skate park.
WHEN & WHERE: 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room A of Steiner Youth Center, 567 School Drive.