Town to host meeting to gain input on new skate park design

The Town of Pulaski’s new skatepark will take another step toward completion next week when town officials host a meeting with interested citizens in the skate community and the consultant who has completed design services for the park.

According to Brady Deal, Economic Development Director for the town, the meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. in council chambers on the second floor of the Town Municipal Building.

“We’ll have the skate park consultant who completed the design services on zoom to present the design, discuss features of the park for that one pad and then receive comments from the skate community,” Deal said, noting the consultant is located in Missouri.

He said the hope is to keep the meeting brief – 45 minutes to an hour.

“We hope at that time the skate community can see what has been worked on design-wise, what we have in store and give any feedback they’d like to give back to the consultant,” he said.

Deal explained the town will take that feedback and see if it needs to make any changes or adjustments in the plans.

“Then we’ll move forward with planning out the actual construction for next spring,” Deal noted.

The skate park is located at 99 First Street N.E. on property where a former General Chemical facility once stood. A future basketball court is also located on the site.

Town Council recently voted to name the skate park after Matthew Cameron Akers. Akers, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 30, gave much to the youth of the town for many years prior to his death. Akers’ contributions to young people in Pulaski ranged from monetary to hours of work coaching and mentoring kids in town through recreation sports.

The adjoining basketball court will be named for councilman Lane Penn.

The two facilities will keep these names for two years before council chooses two more citizens to honor for their impact on town residents.

When completed, the entire facility will be given a permanent name by council.