Kennesaw Approves 'Phased' Skatepark Construction

The 40,000-square-foot park will be constructed in two phases.

More than a year after Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews announced a partnership with the Rob Dyrdek Foundation to design and build a state-of-the-art skatepark at Swift-Cantrell Park, the Kennesaw City Council agreed Monday to move forward with the construction of the $1.7-million project.

The 40,000-square-foot park will be constructed in two phases. Phase I, the construction of a $740,827 skatepark plaza, is estimated to take six months once it starts, said Pam Davis, the city's spokeswoman. Because work will begin only on those portions of the project that have full funding in place, the start of Phase II will depend on the availability of funds, she said.

So far, Kennesaw has $1.4 million that was approved by voters as part of the 2011 SPLOST. More than half of that, about $750,000, is earmarked for the skatepark. Another $650,000 is for a parking lot addition and landscaping improvements.

Kennesaw will seek out donations to close the funding gap. None of the money will come from the city's general fund, Davis said.

During Phase II, a skatepark flow course, skate pool and skate bowl perimeter concrete will be constructed at a cost of $309,024. Landscaping, additional parking and restroom, lighting, and site furnishings will total $740,742.

No word yet on when ground will be broken on the skatepark.

"A date has not yet been set because it depends on the availability of the contractors, although we anticipate it will be within the next few months," Davis said.

Click here to watch Dyrdek talk about the skatepark. For more information on the skatepark, visit https://access.foundationsource.com/nonprofit/kennesaw-skate-park.


On the mayor's Facebook page, someone asked how operational costs and maintenance would affect future tax expenditures. Here's what the mayor had to say:

No day to day operational expense. There will be power costs related to lighting when needed. It is not a staffed facility and falls within the day to day responsibilities of the Park Monitors. Maintenance will be budgeted annually just as any other but for the first few years as the design is tweaked by Street League Skating there will be minimal expense. Barring faulty installation or eathquakes, the majority of the facility is concrete and should not just "break."

Cris Eaton Welsh December 05, 2012 at 01:58 PM
It been a long wait... but the time is finally here. Thank you to our amazing Parks and Recreation department, our City Staff, our committed Mayor Mark Mathews and the Kennesaw City Council and of course the numerous citizen volunteers who have supported and carried this vision for our community for the last 8 years. It is amazing the things that can be accomplished with dedicated focus and teamwork. This has been a shining example of how Kennesaw continues to come together to make positive things happen for our community.
Bill December 06, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Is it one 'o' or 2 for boondoggle??? Why not just pave over the whole park at once and get it over with. Who needs all those trees, grass and bushes when you can have 7 exercise stations on concrete slabs and a huge stake park? One thing I know for sure, we are going to attract a lot of trailer trash from the rest of Cobb County who will come and use the park, they will drive the locals away and we will have an amusement park for kids. I guess the Mayor will be happy as his Metro Ambulance will get a lot of $899 rides to the hospital out of it.
Joe Bozeman December 06, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I disagree totally with the decision to build this skate park and have expressed my displeasure to the mayor, all of the city council, and the chairman of the foundation. I honestly believe that the majority of the citizens of Kennesaw don't want this thing built in the park. As I walked through the park about a month ago, I was impressed with the cleanness of the grounds. But, as I neared the skate board facility, this all changed. I counted over 80 cigarette butts littering the area, A NO SMOKING AREA. I looked in the trash cans there and guess what I found? A glass beer bottle, in a alcohol free park. There was no supervision of the daredevils throwing their bodies to the ramp surface in terrible and dangerous spills. Only one participant had on a helmet. The rest were sporting baseball caps on backwards with no safety safety equipment at all. One kid seemed to think the ramp was not challenging enough, so he took the tops of the trash cans and used them as obstacles to jump over and on as he practiced his stunts. I cannot believe our city is building this thing in a beautiful pristine area. WAKE UP PEOPLE, and stop this thing before it goes any father. I predict that as time goes on, a park monitor will have to be replaced with a swat squad in the skateboard area.
JACQUE December 06, 2012 at 05:27 PM
It's about time Kennesaw offered something besides ball parks for our kids. I look forward to seeing this skate park built!
Joe Bozeman December 06, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I posted pictures of the cigarette butts and the beer bottle, guess that was too politically incorrect to be approved. Anyway why should we bring the ghetto culture to a family park?
Rodney Thrash December 06, 2012 at 05:51 PM
All: This is not a matter of political correctness. Because of Mr. Bozeman's position on the skatepark and Patch's inability to independently verify who placed the alcohol and cigarette butts in the park, we cannot run them.
Bill December 06, 2012 at 09:28 PM
"Patch's inability to independently verify who placed the alcohol and cigarette butts in the park, we cannot run them" ================================================ Rodney you are a disappointment as an Editor. You should be pleased that a reader would submit photos to you. When I sent in photos to Gaetina she was pleased to use them. Could it be that you are totally in the bag for this skatepark and don't want people to see how the park will look when we get the expansion? I see that there will be $650,000 spent on 'parking lot' and 'landscaping'. No breakdown on how much for each but even if it 50/50 that will be $325,000 for more parking. Like I said above, just pave over the whole darn park at one time and get it over with once and for all. It was, is and will be a stupid idea. Main Street is a simple 2 lane road, it wil be bumper to bumper when they have competitions there, local residents will be backed up for blocks waiting for these people to pull in or out of the park. We will attract downmarket people from all over to use facilities which should be for residents of Kennesaw and Acworth. How long before the first gang shooting? Probably it won't take long, just hope they shoot each other and not some citizen out to walk their dog/kid.
Gary December 07, 2012 at 09:21 PM
this "reporting" job seems to have left out some big facts. rob dyrdek donates a self-estimate value of his time/designs at $50,000 -- and his financial partner Joe Ciaglia gets a $1.7 for california skateparks, a company under siege with lawsuit and fraud allegations in multiple states . this doesn't sound fishy to anyone. doesn't event merit a mention in the story? http://bit.ly/TD2hOu
Joe Bozeman December 08, 2012 at 07:33 PM
In my opinion, not posting my pictures is nothing but censorship. I never said that skateboarders placed these items there. I was pointing out that the skateboard area is the only area in the park where cigarette butts are littering the ground and where a beer bottle was visible in a trash can. I believe it to be obvious that this is the only area in the park where the rules are not being observed or enforced. There were also stickers on the plexiglass on the skateboard ramp that had been partially removed. It was the only area in the park I saw any form of decimation of city property. Let's be serious Rodney, my opinion about the skate park does not negate the facts. I am going to post the pictures of the stickers on the plexiglass, I guess you will not approve them either. I will also add that several cigarette butts I saw had no filters and were smoked down as far as possible. I know of nobody who hand rolls legal cigarettes anymore. A true journalist will report the facts to the people of Kenneasw.


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