After almost 10 years of talking about it, there are signs of life in the seemingly moribund plans to build a skatepark in Gainesville.
A basic conceptual sketch of what such a facility would look like has been presented to city Parks and Recreation officials, according to Councilman Sam Couvillon, an ex-officio member of the parks and rec board.
However, Couvillon said that a location for the skatepark has yet to be identified or purchased, and there’s no timetable for when such a facility would be built.
“Generally speaking, they would like the (skatepark) to be in midtown,” Couvillon told The Times on Friday. “Once the Walton Community homes come on board, they’re trying to maybe have more recreation in the area in addition to the Greenway.”
Walton Communities LLC and the Gainesville Housing Authority are partners on a complex of rental properties under construction in the midtown area of EE Butler Parkway and Atlanta Street.
In addition, a private developer is finishing up work on a midtown project called The Enclave — at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Queen City Parkway — that will put up for rent 45 townhomes.
The two projects are part of an intensified effort by city officials to revitalize the midtown area.
Couvillon said the skatepark project would likely be a joint venture with Hall County.
County spokeswoman Katie Crumley said that while she’s unaware of any formal discussions between the city and county to partner on a skatepark project, she would not be surprised if the idea is taken up as Hall continues working on a Parks Master Plan.
“Of course, Hall County is always open to partnering with its various municipalities, including Gainesville, on various projects,” county spokeswoman Katie Crumley said.
Couvillon said it’s not unusual for these kind of recreational plans to take time.
“How this kind of stuff works is, it’s dreamed about, then it’s planned on and then you got to act on it,” he said. “I would be shocked if it were a year away. It’s probably something we will look at when the budget year come around.”
The Times was unable to reach city park and rec officials Friday for comment.