With money is allocated, residents and designers are considering what they want in a new city skatepark.

North Platte city officials and Spohn Ranch, a skateboard design build company, hosted two public sessions Wednesday to gather feedback and ideas for the new skate park.

During the afternoon session, a dozen people attended, ranging from young kids excited to use the new park to older individuals interested in taking their grandchildren there.

Vince Onel, the vice president of skatepark development for Spohn Ranch, hosted the sessions.

Onel said that they have a reasonable, healthy budget of $600,000, and the Spohn Ranch construction crew would handle the construction.

North Platte City Administrator Layne Groseth announced that the city would refurbish the features of the existing skate park features and relocate them, which will create two skate parks within the city.

The brand new skate park will be somewhere in Centennial Park, with the specific site has yet to be determined. And, Groseth said the city still needs to select a location for the second park.

Onel sought public input in two ways, demonstrating a commitment to inclusivity. Meeting attendees were given four stickers to place on preferred items or designs on pictorial posters (see images below.) They also received a paper survey.

This survey is available online at https://pollev.com/surveys/iJW2u4MVsaczrG10yzHff/respond, so everyone’s voice can be heard, even if they could not attend the sessions.

Questions were asked about basic construction, including whether the ground compaction was sufficient to support the weight of the park and its features.

Onel said a geotechnical study will be conducted to assess the requirements. The park will be about 10,000 sq.ft. in size. It will be made of concrete with a steel trowel finish to give a smooth surface that is not too slick. The locations under consideration will have room for future expansions.

When asked about lighting for the park, Onel said there are two options. One is to build a more extensive park and add lighting later. The other option is to build a smaller park with lighting from the start.

More detailed questions were also asked: Would the layout include lanes or a plaza? How many pieces/features would the park have? Would there be areas for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skaters? What colors would be used?

Onel said most of these decisions have yet to be made, and he asked for opinions.

Onel said the project would take around 3-4 months to construct once they break ground.

Below: Pictorial posters of potential skatepark features. Click on images to enlarge.

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