For Immediate Release
June 17, 2021
Contact: Zach Foster
Park Planner II
Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Lighting Installation at Skate Park
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The City of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, June 21, at 4 p.m. to celebrate the installation of new LED lights around Grinders Skate Park at Walker Park.
The event will take place on the northeast side of Grinders Skate Park, which is accessible by paved trail from a parking lot located just north of the Walker Park Splash Pad. Monday is International “Go Skateboarding Day,” a day of celebration conceived by the International Association of Skateboard Companies.
Skate park users will be able to turn on the new lights with a button. Lights will turn off automatically when Walker Park closes at 11 p.m. The lighting project was paid for with Parks Development funds.
Grinders Skate Park will be closed Thursday, June 17, for installation of the LED lights that are the final element of the park’s master plan.
Grinders Skate Park opened in September 2003. The park was designed by Purkis Rose with input from city residents regarding which elements they wanted in the design. Nationally recognized skateboard professional Frank Hirata led several of the design meetings.
The City received several grants to help build the project: $100,000 from an Arkansas Parks and Tourism Outdoor Recreation Grant; $5,000 from the Tony Hawk Foundation; and $5,623 in community donations raised through lemonade sales, birthday donations and raffles. In addition to grant funding, the City provided $350,000 in Park Land Ordinance and Capital Improvement (HMR) funds.
For more information about current and upcoming park projects, visit www.fayetteville-ar.gov/1940/Current-Park-Projects.