LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Concrete ramps are starting to rise from the ground at Kiwanis Park in Lufkin that will soon be the first skate park in Lufkin.
"The park is coming along good," said Lufkin Parks and Recreation Director Mike Akridge said. "The guys from American Ramp Company have been hard at work. These guys are skaters, so they are doing all the work."
Lufkin's Engineer Chuck Walker said the park is a few days behind schedule due to the rain, but the park should still be done before the calendar turns to April.
"They are telling us that it should be done by March 21st or around then," Walker said. "The rain has put them back, but the guys I have talked to said that if they are running too far behind, then they will cal in some more people so they can get the park done."
To get to this point, the park has cleared several hurdles. In September the city was ready to award a bid to the American Ramp Company for a prefabricated park. Residents soon spoke out against the park.
"We are very grateful," Amy Dunn said in a previous story. "It is a huge gift to the community. I just am concerned at the construction. The modulars have to be maintained, and I think in the long run, the city might be a little disappointed because of the hits they will take. We think that concrete would be better. It is smoother, and a lot of skaters really prefer that as the way to skate."
After concern was raised, the city backed out on the plan and went back to the drawing table. In December, ARC was once again the lone finalist in the design of the park. The difference was that the park will be concrete based.
"We are moving forward with ARC," said City Manager Keith Wright. "It was the best option. Now, we will have ARC meet with city workers and community members about the design of the concrete park."
The park will replace two tennis courts at Kiwanis Park. Akridge said once it gets closer, the city will be announcing a grand opening event.