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Skate park to be built at Pitt St.

Skateboard enthusiasts have been waiting on the word for a long time.

And now they officially have it from Thomson City Council.

A new skate park will be built at Pitt Street with Special Local Option Sales Tax funds approved by McDuffie County voters during a recent referendum.

Bob Howard, director of the Thomson-McDuffie Recreation and Leisure Services said the skate park will be made of pre-cast concrete with a 15-year warranty.

"It will be maintenance-free," Mr. Howard told city officials during the monthly council meeting last Thursday night.

The skate park will have a price tag of $100,000.

Other additions, such as landscaping and asphalting a new parking lot there would raise the total price to about $185,000, the recreation official said.

Mr. Howard said a similar skate park is being purchased for skateboard enthusiasts in Dearing, but won't cost as much. The Dearing skateboard park is expected to cost about $65,000. It also is being funded by SPLOST monies.

At the Pitt Street Recreation Park, the skate park will be built in the northwest corner, under the pecan trees, Mr. Howard said.

"We think that's the best place to put it," he added.

Mr. Howard says his aim, as well as that of members of the Recreation Advisory Board, is to fix Pitt Street Park up more so that families will want to go over there and spend time having fun with their families.

Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry said he'd like to see a walking track and a picnic pavilion built there in the future.

"I think the skate park is going to be good for that neighborhood," Mayor Usry said.

One of the big pluses out of all the improvements planned for the Pitt Street Park is that it's all free, Recreation Advisory Board Member Bill Doupe' told council members.

The mayor asked Mr. Doupe' if he plans to skateboard there.

"I haven't told my wife, but I think I'm going to get another board," Mr. Doupe' said with a laugh.

Web posted on Thursday, August 19, 2010

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