When completed, the Swift-Cantrell Skatepark will boast a street-league certified 40,000-square-foot plaza. It will be one of the largest concrete skateparks in the Southeast and one of the first permanent parks to feature elements modeled on a street league design, according to a spokeswoman for the city.
“I know there’s a lot of pent up demand from the skateboarding community,” said Pamela Davis. “There’s nothing else on this scale in the region, especially since this particular project is all concrete. A lot of the skateboarding properties are wooden. It’s a very ambitious project.”
The contractor for the project is California Skateparks, which Davis said is one of the nation’s premiere manufacturers of skateparks.
The contractor broke ground on the project in January, but then heavy rains fell and put a damper on the construction schedule.
Plans now call for completion in late July.
The park will be free for all skateboarders to use.
“There’s going to be some opportunities for revenue generation in scheduling regional competitive events, but as far as providing a service to the skateboarders in the community, they will be able to use the facility for free,” Davis said.
Funding for the park has been mostly through SPLOST, or special purpose local option sales taxes.
Voters approved $1.4 million for the project as part of the 2011 SPLOST, and the remaining $400,000 is being raised privately from corporate grants or sponsorships.
“None of the money for this project comes from the city’s general fund,” Davis said.
She said the project has been in the works for more than seven years, so it’s exciting for the community to finally see it start to take shape.
The first phase will consist of the main skatepark plaza, as well as additional parking, lighting and restrooms for the existing Swift-Cantrell Park.
The second phase includes more advanced skateboarding setups called “bowls.”
“We will be adding some bowls or bowl features that just takes us up another notch,” Davis said.
Project manager is Jeff Drobney, who is Kennesaw’s assistant city manager.
The Swift-Cantrell Park Foundation is now seeking corporate sponsors for the second phase.
Drobney said there has already been interest in holding future regional professional events at the new Kennesaw facility.
“We will be developing a series of skate events for amateur skaters in the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014,” he said.
More information about corporate sponsorship and event scheduling can be obtained by phoning the City of Kennesaw at 770-424-8274.