Marietta could be home to Cobb County’s latest park for skateboarders to practice and perfect their tricks.
The idea of building such facilities came up for the first time at a recent Marietta Parks, Recreation and Tourism Committee. Councilwoman Michelle Cooper Kelly, who chairs the committee, asked staff to look into costs for building a new park with facilities for skaters and a small water play area called a splash pad.
“We’ve had over the years many requests for a skate park, and I know that Kennesaw has had great success with the skate park that they have out there,” she said. “So instead of necessarily adding to an existing park, looking at an opportunity to add a skate park and maybe a scaled-down splash pad that’s probably geared more towards that age group.”
Kennesaw is home to a 40,000 square foot, all-concrete skate park inside its Swift-Cantrell Park. It is certified by the Street League Skateboarding Foundation.
Marietta Parks Director Rich Buss said if a skate park comes to Marietta, it may be more modest than Kennesaw’s.
“The one that I would recommend if we were to do one in our community is not necessarily the size of a Kennesaw, which was developed to be a competitive arena as well as for local students, so they can bring in regional tournaments and things of that nature,” he said.
He said a ballpark cost would be around $1 million for the facilities, not including other costs such as land acquisition.