Grand Opening Set For September 1st at 4:00pm

21 August 2011

After a frustrating and very disappointing experience with Grindline Skateparks, things are nearly finished and a grand opening is scheduled to be held Thursday, September 1st at 4:00pm. Some very significant changes have been made to the park’s design however and we would like to apologize….

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Final Drafts of The Skate Park

21 December 2010

We have finally narrowed down the final designs of the skate park. Though the original plans were to build a plaza, we received feedback from skaters looking for transitions as well, and being a heavy street scene in the bible belt of bowl skating didn’t help either. All in all we still feel it is a pretty well rounded design that should provide a little bit for everyone.
It is essentially the same design as before, with the addition of a long 2ft tall quarter pipe around the left end, a …

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Results of The Second Public Meeting

25 November 2010

After collectively gathering input from the skate community over the last four months, through two public meetings and several online forums, Grindline Skateparks is making the final tweaks and adjustments to the design and should be finished by the end of December.

Photo by Brett Dunlap

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Second Public Meeting With Grindline

18 November 2010

Our one week online review period is over as of Wednesday and now Micah Shapiro of Grindline Skateparks is planning to return to Parkersburg next Tuesday, November 23rd, this time at the City Building downtown at 6:00pm to present an updated draft of the design. Hope to see you there.

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The First Drafts of The Plaza Are Here!

9 November 2010

What everyone has nervously been waiting for is here. When you click on each image a larger detailed version will appear so you can really get a good look at it. Like before, we encourage everyone to leave any feedback or ideas you have. Grindline is suppose to be keeping an eye on the comments section for this post, so here is your chance to have your thoughts heard.

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Public Meeting With Grindline

27 September 2010

Thursday, October 7th, 6:00pm at the City Park Pavillion
We will be having a public meeting with all of the local skaters, all of us at the foundation and city, and Grindline, who will present some ideas to us and then you will be given a chance to share some ideas with them.
If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can still post your thoughts and ideas online here and they will be taken into consideration just the same as if you were at the meeting.
http://www.parkersburgskateplaza.org/home/?p=937

UPDATE: Thursday, October 7th, 4:00pm
Today …

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Parkersburg Skate Spots

12 September 2010

Eric Cunningham and I were talking about what the dimensions of the stairs at the park should be the other day, so I decided to investigate the stairs at a few of the rails around town to see exactly how long and tall they were. They were all right around 1 foot long and 6 inches tall.
The “Peach Rails” set would be my choice, it is almost dead on 1×6. We call them the Peach Rails because the building use to be painted a pale peach color.

Right across 5th …

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Grindline Awarded Bid

9 September 2010

It’s official now, we have chosen Grindline Skateparks to construct our facility. We are waiting to hear how soon they can be in town, which we are hoping can be as soon as next week. From there, the skate plaza foundation and the city officials will meet with them and show them around Fort Neal Park where they will be working, and then holding another public meeting with all of you to go over design ideas.
We are wanting to move this thing along as quickly as possible, for one, because …

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What Do You Want To Skate?

24 August 2010

We are pretty close to choosing who is going to be building the plaza, by the time you read this we may have actually already chosen. We are going to have a public meeting at some point to talk about what everybody wants to skate, but not everybody is always able to make it to our meetings and we know it is not always easy to stand up in front of people and voice your opinions, so here might be an easier place for you to do that. What do …

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Getting Closer

22 July 2010

There is a lot that goes into building a $300,000 skate park, a lot of legal stuff and procedures I don’t completely understand which keeps me very grateful to have some members of the Downtown Development Task Force Committee around helping out. But I am going to attempt to give you a general time line (subject to change) from now until the plaza’s completion. Feel free to correct me if am wrong or missing anything here Eric.
We have just finished an application/qualifying period and and have qualified 4 firms to …

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