Park ownership was transferred to the city, which cleaned up vandalism and graffiti then reopened the facility in late February after holding a series of community meetings to gauge stakeholder priorities.
“Kids in the community really wanted a place to skate,” said Shaun Ellis, city principal recreation manager. “So rather than them breaking in, we want it to be more of a positive thing — a place where adults can skate or where parents can go with their kids.”
The park now offers free admission for skateboarding, BMX biking and roller-skating from 8 a.m. to dusk. City officials also expect to hold skate classes, day camps and birthday party rentals at the facility.