Over 60 skaters, San Luis Obispo County officials and community members crowded into the Nipomo Library on Wednesday to give input on the skatepark proposed for the Nipomo Community Park.
Stantec, the architectural firm awarded the contract to design the park, led Wednesday's design visioning workshop. During the workshop, local skaters were directed to break into five teams for the purpose of sketching out elements they would like to see included in their dream park.
Lead designer Kanten Russell will evaluate the common features sought by local skaters and use that input to customize the park. The features will accommodate all skill levels.
The 10,000-square-foot skatepark, which is part of the board-approved Nipomo Park Master Plan, will be built at the intersection of Orchard Road and Tefft Street, adjacent to the Nipomo Library and directly above the dog park. The terrain style will include both streetscape and transition (vertical bowls). The project also will include a small parking lot and bathroom to minimize impacts on the nearby library.
The skatepark's design is slated to be finished by April. The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors awarded $150,000 toward the design phase of the project last month. After the design is complete, county officials will return to the board to ask for additional funding for project construction.
For project updates, visit the Nipomo Skate Park Group on Facebook.