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City Approves Locations for Skateboard, BMX Parks 

(August 21, 2013) After Frisco City Council’s endorsement on Tuesday, plans are moving forward to build a new skateboard park and a bicycle motocross (BMX) facility at two area parks. The recreational areas could be open within 12-24 months.

The skateboard structure will be built at Northeast Community Park, and Northwest Community Park is set to be the site for the BMX track, adjacent to the Mountain Bike Trail. The City has set aside about $2.24 million to develop the new facilities.

The City has explored the possibility of building a park to accommodate these two popular activities for at least two years. Planners expect the currently undeveloped Northeast Park to draw a large number of families, and the skateboard structure will have high visibility. Northeast is near the intersection of Panther Creek Parkway and Coit Road.

Northwest Community Park also is undeveloped but will draw cyclists because of the Mountain Bike Trail. Northwest is north of Lone Star High School, near Panther Creek Parkway and Teel Parkway.

Rick Wieland, Director of Parks and Recreation, said the City wants to offer recreational options that might appeal to young people who are not involved in soccer, baseball or other traditional sports. He said the park planners decided to separate the two facilities because different bikes are used for the various sports.

“We expect the skateboard park to draw not just teens, but also adults,” Wieland said. “We’ve seen a lot of people in their 30s or 40s, who enjoyed skateboarding when they were younger, get back into it with their kids.”

Park planners now are considering designs for the parks. Wieland said the BMX trail could open within a year, depending on budget and scheduling constraints.

“We are glad to get the chance to offer our residents more opportunities to get outside and get active,” Wieland said.

 

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