Ann Arbor Skatepark design awaits approval from City Council
City of Ann Arbor
The city and the county have been working closely with the nonprofit Friends of the Ann Arbor Skatepark and California-based skatepark designer Wally Hollyday to create the design for the 30,000-square-foot, in-ground, concrete skatepark.
Construction is planned to start in the spring with completion by this fall.
The Planning Commission already reviewed the design and had no objections. The city's Park Advisory Commission unanimously recommended approval of the design on Dec. 18.
Amy Kuras, a landscape architect for the city, told council members in a memo the city's parks staff worked in conjunction with the city's water quality manager and the county water resources commissioner's office to address stormwater design elements.
"The design will exceed city stormwater standards per Chapter 63 of the City Code, and the work above and beyond will result in a zero discharge to the stormwater system," she wrote.
The drawing included in the council packet shows the proposed skatepark will include a wide range of elements for skaters, including a snake run, kidney pool, clover pool, flow bowl, small bowl, street course, reservoir ditch, volcano, slappy curbs, quarter pipes and concrete sculptures. There also are landscaped stormwater retention areas and rain gardens integrated throughout.
The Friends of the Ann Arbor Skatepark has raised more than $100,000 from private donors, plus a $300,000 grant from the state's Natural Resources Trust Fund and $400,000 from the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission to pay for the skatepark.
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