Town skate park reopened and now free for the first time

By on September 8, 2015

(Town of Nags Head)

The Nags Head skate park opened last week after being closed for repairs since early July and is now free to the public for the first time since it was built in 2003.

The town took control of the park in early July under a no-cost lease agreement with the Outer Banks Family YMCA and immediately began making repairs to deteriorating wooden ramps and the bowl section.

“It’s now open to the public and there is no membership required,” said Deputy Town Manager Andy Garman. The park is unsupervised, and hours are from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. or sunset, whichever comes first.

Under the management of the YMCA, a membership or annual or daily fee for nonmembers had always been required to use the 15,000-square-foot park.

This summer, the town pumped about $21,000 into the park for repairs and insurance, repairing the wooden street section and filling in cracks and divots in the concrete area.

Garman said that while more improvements may come in the future, the town would seek input from the skateboard community on any re-design and replacement of the concrete structures.

“We’ve seen lots of kids using it this past week,” Garman said. “We plan on continuing to develop plans to make it better.”

A primary access has been built on its east side near the viewing platform. Garman said park users are encouraged to use that entrance and nearby parking to avoid parking conflicts with the users of the outdoor pool and indoor facilities.

Back in 2003, the Town of Nags Head contributed funds toward the construction of the skate park and also helped to finance the YMCA project.

It was the first skate park on the Outer Banks, with similar parks being built soon after in Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk and Manteo. Two public skate parks have since been constructed in Point Harbor and Maple as well.

Over the years, the Y had been reluctant to invest in repairs to the park because of its lack of revenue and decline in use by its members.

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