Skatepark and upgrades planned for Westside Park

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MUNCIE, Ind. − The City of Muncie will invest about $600,000 in upgrades to Westside Park that will include a skatepark that the public is invited to help design.

The city has issued a survey seeking public input for elements of the new skatepark. The skateboard amenity will be in addition to basketball courts, the playground, and other features toward the west end of the park, in a spot formerly used as a model aviation area and now largely unused green space, according to a release from the city administration.

The city awarded the design of planned changes to Rundell Ernstberger Associates (REA) and Hunger Skateparks following a request for proposals.

The administration is covering $300,000 of the cost with American Rescue Plan funding and intends to use $220,000 from the recently approved $3.5 million Muncie Redevelopment Commission bond issue. The remaining funds, about $80,000, are to be raised privately in the community.

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“It’s exciting to see the project take shape,” Mayor Dan Ridenour said in a statement. “A dedicated skatepark means beginners have a safe place to learn, and will give Ball State students a great introduction to our City Parks.”

Ridenour said the people organizing the fundraising are confident they can reach their goal.

Muncie City Council member Ro Selvey has spearheaded the fundraising campaign and says it's good for the park to have community actively contribute.

“This skatepark will represent efforts and partnership between the skateboarding coalition, the city, and the Parks Department…. These efforts will ensure that the skateboarding community has been consulted.” Selvey said.

The fundraising campaign is scheduled to be launched soon.

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Hunger Skateparks has developed a short survey to collect information about public wants for the project. The survey, which will be posted live for two weeks, asks for skaters and members of the community to describe what they want to see in a skatepark, including beginner’s features, and amenities for non-skaters, such as seating and structures for shade. The survey responses are due by Aug. 24.

According to the release, construction is expected to begin in 2023, contingent on successful completion of the fundraising campaign.

This article originally appeared on Muncie Star Press: Muncie's Westside Park to get skatepark, upgrades