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Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a multibillion-dollar project that's not scheduled to be
completed until at least the end of 2016, but there is a connection between a
new bridge and the skate park.
officials say the skate park has a lot to do with the Ohio River Bridges
alignment for the Spaghetti Junction and approaches to the bridge are kind of
cutting off our Northwestern side of the park," said Jason Canuel, Asst.
Director for Metro Parks.
that means the "expert portion" of the Louisville Extreme
Park will have to be re-located and just how that process will happen is not
yet set in stone.
construction details, we don't have them right now," said Canuel.
the opportunity for the public to bid the creation design was opened on June
25. He said the open bidding will end on
the loops, pipes, curves and shape, the partial location change will be a
"What you do
with where the bowls are now it has to be properly filled, properly compacted,
it has to settle and then we build on top of it, it's quite complicated," said
goers said they are used to challenges, at least when it comes to skating or
"I was one of
the first people they had out here when I opened it up," said Cody Long.
have coasted, skated and grinded at the park say it's bitter sweet.
"I have spent
so much of my life here that I love this place, I have a love for it," said
tear something down it's probably going to upset me, but then building the new
will be pretty cool it'll be new and different if there for 13 years now."
Officials say the hardcore skaters and riders will still be able to
roll out and practice their skills.
basically giving us a functional replacement which means they are replacing
what we have to move," said Canuel.
that we are enhancing anything, we are just taking what is here and relocating
Canuel said whatever
the new design, it would be a comparable level of skill to what's being taken
away. The full pipe will definitely be
taken away, along with the Northwestern part of the part.
like we're making something better but it will be different because it's new because
the service will be smoother," said avid skateboarder and Metro Parks Board of
Directors Foundation Member Jason Gainous.
the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is giving them $3.6 million for the
He said he
hoped it meant the cruising will not stop during the process.
goers said they looked forward to the renovations,
enjoy the opportunity to ride something a little different," said Gainous.
"I think we
are very fortunate to have a city government that supportive because it's not
always true, where state skateboards can get a bad rap, so it's nice to have a
city that's cool with."
Long said he
might not ride at the new park, but he was at least looking forward to seeing
come back and check it out see how everything has changed," said Long.
creation design is finalized, there is no set completion date.