The City of Longwood has approved the skatepark, now there is one last meeting left this Monday to approve the purchase order for construction. Please attend of spread the good word. Were gonna pack the house…
Other agendas HERE with the main focus on “G. Approve two (2) Purchase Orders for the Construction/ Installation of a Skate Park located at Candyland Park.”
Longwood City Commission Chambers 175 West Warren Avenue Longwood, Florida
AGENDA AUGUST 15, 2011 7:00 P.M.
Longwood SkatePark has been approved. There was a meeting last night, which I received less than a days notice, and we still had a big crew to support, stand up and talk, and stay positive on getting a skatepark. Thanks to everyone who attended and stood up and spoke. I might as well start out how this all was started. A few kids at Lyman school in Longwood approached the city about a skatepark. They must have done some good work cause the city bought $78,000 in ramps and proceeded to make plans to put them down in Reiter park behind the hospital. Well two years later I met with the city about the rumored skatepark, saw the drawings and the location (two blocks from Mesh Skatepark). So since then, almost 3 years now, we are getting a skatepark and it has been approved by the advisory board at Candyland park in Longwood. There is the FULL amount in the budget to pour the cement ($23,000) and make the skatepark dream of a few kids a reality. The commissioners were pretty bummed this project took so long, seeing as these kids are now out of high school and who knows if they even skate or bike now. There is good news and some bad news; the good, with this skatepark being pretty small in obstacle size, the city is already talking to me about expanding and also using some more land to make a proper skatepark which would be updated and for all skill levels. Which in real terms means some bowls and bigger stuff. The bad news is there is one more meeting on the 15th at 7pm @ Longwood Commision Chamber 175 West Warren Ave. Longwood. This meeting will either get the park moving asap or be pushed into next years planning and budget. The budget is there, it has been approved, the contractors are set, the layout is done, so this is the way the city works. So please attend and stand up and talk, we need everyone to support and get this done NOW. They “like to see the support” and “enthusiasm and support” we have shown them, but with 10 days notice we should be able to pack the house with skate and bike supporters on August 15 @ 7pm.
I am posting the layout and drawing of the skatepark design. Just remember this plan was done 5 years ago and the only way they will proceed with this is if we all agree to it. The best part of this is that they are going to expand and improve it with our voice and what we want in the future. The city has a budget each year and we can get sponsors and do events to raise money to improve this skatepark every year. The hardest part is getting it going, which after last night it has been approved. The ramps are bought, the budget is there for the cement platform, so we just have to get behind the City of Longwood and move forward. -Chad DeGroot
Please attend if you are free, or tell everyone to attend. This is the final meeting as a thumbs up or thumbs down…this is it. Longwood skatepark meeting, we need you to attend. Tomorrow night at 7pm Approve Skate Park Plan
Action is requested by City of Longwood Commission, to recommend approval of the Skate Park Plan
DATE: Thursday, August 4, 2011 TIME: 7:00 P.M. LOCATION: Longwood Commission Chamber
175 West Warren Avenue Longwood, FL 32750
PLEASE TELL EVERYONE WHO CAN HELP OUT OR ATTEND…THANKS.
My Friend Val writes for Life in Altamonte Springs City Magazine. She approached me about doing a who’s your neighbor article. Once we got talking it focused on my riding, my beard, and my son with a huge emphasis on getting kids outside. If your in the Heathrow, Longwood, Maitland, or Sweetwater areas you should have received this in the mail for FREE. If you want to check it out we have it framed up in the shop at Mr. B’s. Also, we do carry the balance bikes like you see my son riding in the pic below. -Chad D
After getting off the phone, there is some more good news. There is a meeting soon and I was asked to attend to speed the process up. They want to move forward but with anything city related it has to go through the right channels. This meeting will speed up the process of getting the cement poured for the foundation of the area where the park is going to be. We thought this was going to be done in a few months so this could be done sooner than later. So sit tight and after the meeting I will get you some more good news. -Chad D
Also, if you didn’t know now you do, Longwood had one of the oldest skateparks built in the mid 1970’s, I actually found some pics on this site, check it HERE. Snake runs galore.