(August 19, 2017) Residents are ‘ramping it up’ with the grand opening of Northeast Community Park
& Skate Park. The skate park is the city’s first -- and largest skate park in North Texas. City leaders and staff, residents and visitors marked the occasion with a ribbon cutting earlier today.
“Growing our parks system is a priority for our growing community,” said Mayor Jeff Cheney. “Parks improve our quality of life and promote a healthy, active lifestyle. Our city is known for sports and entertainment, but we also want to be known for growing a premier park system. The addition of this unique park helps us achieve that goal.”
The 74-acre park is located at 2895 Honey Grove Drive. It features eight lighted multipurpose fields, two cricket pitches, two pavilions, a playground and a pond surrounded by a walking trail. But the feature folks are flipping over most is a 47,000 square foot skate park.
The Skate Park at Northeast Community Park features multiple lines, rails, bowls, a half pipe, and a 16-foot concrete wave. It caters to all types of ‘skaters’ – from those who use boards to others who prefer in-line. Bikes and scooters are welcome, too.
“The skate park provides a great opportunity to bring a lot of different generations together to recreate, learn and have fun,” said Shannon Keleher, Director of Parks and Recreation. “In fact, the first two people to use the skate park were six-year-old girls on scooters. It’s fun to see people of all ages interacting and learning from each other.”
Kyle Laferney, Parks Planning and Capital Projects Superintendent, says skating enthusiasts influenced the design of the skate park.
“We held public forums to find out what the skating community wanted to see in the park,” said Laferney. “Many of the features, including an ‘old school swimming pool’ were ideas we got from skaters.”
The price tag for Northeast Community Park & Skate Park is $17.5 million. The Frisco Community Development Corporation (FCDC), which is supported by a half cent sales tax, contributed $9.9 million. The city’s Parks and Recreation Board dedicated $5 million in impact fees to the project. Voter approved bonds made up the rest at $2.6 million.
“This is a top notch facility with unique features you can’t get anywhere else in Frisco,” said Wren Ovard, Chairman, FCDC. “People won’t need to travel outside of Frisco anymore to find a skate park or play cricket. So this park helps us do a better job of serving different segments of our growing populations, particularly teens.”
Loren Sauer, Chair, Parks and Recreation Board, says he’s most proud of how the park’s master plan unfolded.
“Incorporating the skate park into a larger facility helps spread the multi-faceted parks and recreation mission,” said Sauer. “All the planning that went into this park allows these multipurpose fields to serve the ever changing needs of our community.”
Tennis, basketball and sand volleyball courts, as well as a ‘splash pad’, are planned for future phases of construction.