Construction on the City’s new skatepark is scheduled to begin Monday, September 12. Work at the nearly 12,000 square-foot site in the northern portion of the parking lot between Chapman and Davis streets in downtown Greenfield will begin with the installation of temporary fencing and erosion control materials. Crews will then begin making cuts in the blacktop to make way for concrete work later this fall.
“The skatepark is yet another example of strategic investments we are making in the heart of downtown,” said Mayor Roxann Wedegartner. “From the new library at one end of Main Street, to the new fire station at the other end, to the skatepark between Main Street and the John Zon Center, these are projects that will enhance our community.”
“We are happy to break ground and get this project underway for the community,” said Recreation Director Christy Moore. “I know the design, based in large part on input from the community, won’t disappoint.”
The progressive design, from Arizona-based Pillar Design Studios, features street and transition elements for all skill levels and boasts a special nod to Greenfield’s Poet’s Seat Tower. Pillar has designed similar projects in Turners Falls, Springfield and Worcester. Chicopee-based Mountain View Landscapes was awarded the construction contract through the competitive bidding process. The project is on track to be completed by late spring 2023.
The skatepark project budget totals approximately $980,000, an increase of roughly $200,000 due to site conditions and increases in material costs. It is supported by $350,000 in City capital funds, $200,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), $30,000 in donations from the community and a $400,000 Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.