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Kennesaw Partners with Rob Dyrdek to Build Skate Park

The concrete skate park is planned to be one of the largest in the Southeast.

A new $1.2 million, 40,000-square-foot skate park is coming to Kennesaw as early as summer of next year.

announced Thursday a partnership with the Rob Dyrdek Foundation to design and build the skate park in the city's largest green space in .

The park already draws local skaters with a small, temporary skate ramp. The city held competitive events there during earlier this year.

According to plans, the all-concrete park will be one of the largest in the southeast and will be capable of hosting large and small size competitive skateboarding events.

Mathews said the vision for the project started with the 2006 Swift-Cantrell Master Plan.

"With the help of the Dyrdek Foundation, it will be very exciting to see it take shape. A facility of this scope and quality will be great for local skateboarders, but will also attract events from the entire southeast region, bringing substantial potential economic benefit to Kennesaw,” said Mathews.

Rob Dyrdek is a celebrity skateboarder and host of the show Ridiculousness on MTV. Founded in 2003, the Rob Dyrdek Foundation assists cities and non-profits with the design, development and construction of legal skate plazas.

The estimated project cost is $1.2 million with $750,000 . The Dyrdek Foundation will provide funding to cover the design fees and will assist the city’s Swift-Cantrell Park Foundation to help raise the additional funds.

“A project of this size requires a blending of funding sources,” said RJ Patel, President of the Swift-Cantrell Park Foundation. “We need the support of businesses and companies in this area who recognize how this project will promote Kennesaw, Cobb County, and Georgia.”

The City Council is expected to finalize the project at its Monday meeting and sign contracts with SITE Design Group and California Skateparks.

Dane Cooke May 25, 2012 at 03:08 AM
skate park or not were always going to be out on the streets skating.
a logical individual June 11, 2012 at 05:17 AM
i know "skaters", and the skaters i know are less than outstanding citizens. Once this 1.2 million dollar park gets built they might decide to utilize this park once every couple of weeks once the excitement wears off. They all live to find new concrete structures to hurl themselves down and cause vandalism in the surrounding areas. I'm not saying all are the same, but typically they prove me right. This endeavor by the great city of Kennesaw will certainly not keep skaters off of the streets, but will end up being a sort of daycare center for soccer moms who need something to occupy their children as they jog/walk the dog/picnic or whatever else they do at Swift Cantrell. Not to mention the countless legal issues that Dyrdek and business partner Joe Ciaglia are currently facing (google it). Basically, this park will serve almost no purpose and end up costing the city of Kennesaw double, possibly triple the projected cost. I'm sorry for those who live in the remote vicinity of this degenerate attractor. I live five miles away and that is still too close. I can't believe this park has been approved for construction. Sincerely, A logical individual
An Educated Person June 17, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I find this comment offensive. You say that you do not think that all skaters are the same, but you use phrases like "They all" and "typically." and the fact that you are relating skaters and vandalism is not only incorrect but libel. You are accusing every person who uses a skateboard of a illegal act and I find it ignorant. My brother and I are skateboarders and are also members of the wheeler magnet program. You are accusing us of vandalism because of a hobby. You are calling yourself a logical person, but this comment is nothing but unsubstantiated accusations. I cannot wait until the park is built so that skateboarders are able to use it. There may be vandalism at the park as time continues, but it certainly should not be blamed solely on skateboarders. But I'm sure that people like you will find a way to blame us for problems in the future. Thank you for the attention.
Dawn June 21, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Check it out Skate Boarding art exhibit and events. http://www.museumofdesign.org/go-skateboarding-day/
Sam Pockets-legit Brunn July 15, 2012 at 06:48 AM
Dude I'm exited for this park all the people who are against it are nothing but ignorant people who are scared of change. Skaters where I live are nothing but kind hearted individuals and have more passion for there skateboards than any one who has been pushed into a sport by obsessive tiger parents, I bet if it was a football field there would be nothing but praise for it. I'm tired of the discrimination us skaters receive because of the bad light we have been put in. No one knows how much we go through just trying to pursue happiness the only way we know how. Now we finally have someone sticking up for us and even building us a park and yet still you hear people saying "It will just bring trouble to our area" skaters are not trouble. Ignorance kills dreams like this one.
John Himot July 16, 2012 at 05:47 AM
There goes the park. Hard enough to enjoy as is but with a skate park just means less of a place to enjoy the out doors in peace and quit. It will NO LONGER but a parking nightmare which it is already. Make more parking will only take away what little true green space this place has already. Glad the City of Kennesaw does not run our national parks they would build and build and build. Kind of destroys the idea of what a park is.
John Himot July 16, 2012 at 05:50 AM
Many of those kids will still use all the places you have mentioned going to and from the park . I bet the city will have to place a larger insurance policy on the park due to the many things that can and will go wrong. Dont get me going about the tunnel which was a waste of American Tax Payer Money.
John Himot July 16, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Ya pay for it all and keep city funds out of it. So much for a nice park in Kennesaw.
John Himot July 16, 2012 at 05:52 AM
What about those who like to fly electric R/C Air Craft? They too should have a place to go in Kennesaw to fly.
John Himot July 16, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Yep sounds like our Mayor is with his own kind alright.
John Himot July 16, 2012 at 05:54 AM
As we said back in the day......RIGHT ON.
John Himot July 16, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Is the skate park going to be handycap friendly. Willl the old be able to use it in there wheel chairs?. If not why? Seems like only the young will be able to use it and the old will be left out once again .
John Himot July 16, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Sam nothing wrong with change if it is good change but we have seen how change has not helped us in the last few years. A better park will be one that is mostly Green Space for people to enjoy. I hope the city is ready to deal with all the problems that will arise with this new problem they are creating. Good change is good bad change is bad, it seems the city has went with the bad. So dont be so ignorant Sam it does not wear well on you or anyone.
Joe Bozeman July 16, 2012 at 02:58 PM
John Himot, I agree with you on most of your comments. Swift Cantrell, in my opinion, is fast becoming an amusement park and carnival sponsored by the tax payers of Kennesaw. At one point, my Great Grandfather, William Pierce Jiles, owned and farmed the land that is now the park. It was a very peaceful place then and the aroma of the cotton poison, DDT, that was sprayed on that land each year stunk less than what that place is turning into.
LittleDevil July 26, 2012 at 02:44 AM
I really hope Bmx are allowed cause its time to shred and I stay in Kennesaw and I deserve to ride my bike there
Sam Pockets-legit Brunn July 26, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Yes John himot most skate parks are wheel chair accessible http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPjvM11IwOI
Sam Pockets-legit Brunn July 26, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Also it already got voted through so your complaints are nothing we are the majority sorry buddy.
Josh wall August 10, 2012 at 02:55 AM
attn: John Himot... You need to find something to do with yourself... you seem really lonly... I feel sorry for your children,and your wife,if you have one... Get a life and get with the world as we know it today... This is not the fifties...I cant wait till the skatepark is built so i can bring my son and teach him to skate.... Im all for the park and i think it will be a great edition to kennesaw
Josh wall August 10, 2012 at 03:00 AM
I wish you old guys would stop ruining it for the young kids who like to have fun... If they were building a shuffel board court you old dudes would be jumping for joy...Get with the program or stay in the house....SKATERS RULE OLD DUDES DRULE
Josh wall August 10, 2012 at 03:00 AM
ignorant is ignorant... grow up
Josh wall August 10, 2012 at 03:08 AM
your 67...then why are you trying to ruin it for the kids... go play bingo or shuffle board..
Joe Bozeman August 11, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Josh, I will be 68 in October and have not played shuffle board or bingo since elementary school, I prefer going to the gun range, hunting, fishing, and working volunteer at the museum.
Joe Bozeman August 11, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Sorry Josh, I want no shuffle board courts at all. If anyone wants one, I would hope private investments would build it. If I were you skate board park promoters, I would be careful with comments like "Skaters Rule And Old Dudes Drool'. The city is far short on the funds to build this thing and will depends on private and business contributions to get the rest. I don't know of many "Young Dudes" who are planning to make substantial contributions. I don't like the word RULE either. In our country we are supposed to be led by leaders not rulers
Joe Bozeman August 11, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Josh, I hope to teach your son to skate safely. I hope you don't try to home school him though. If you do, you need to brush up on your English and writing skills. That would be a good addition to your abilities. NOT A GREAT EDITION, as you stated about the skate park.
Joe Bozeman August 11, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Sorry Josh, a typo. I hope YOU teach your son to skate safely. I guess I was having a senior moment, but I was not drooling. I also spelled drool correctly, you didn't.
John Himot August 14, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Concerned Citizen it seems we do have a problem in the city with ethics, would not be suprised at anything that goes on with this issue. We need to keep a close eye on those who are here to serve us through our City Govt. and those they deal with.
John Himot August 14, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Good then they should get equall time and events that skaters do. BMX Bikes should be allowed and if kids want to play on it then they should be able to as well. The city has lost a lot of Green space and and with it parks that can be enjoyed by all .
John Himot August 14, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Josh I have a wife and kids and we enjoy great family time. I used to be a skater in my youth , made my own boards which have stood the test of time and where used by my kids who only skated where it was allowed . If you want the park then send a big donation to the city to build it and for the up keep. The city needs to take care of it's real needs first . Want to teach your kid to skate then go to Sparkles pay to use the rink and teach away. As Joe has said teach your son to skate safely .
Andrew January 14, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Will bikes be allowed at the park?
Johnny Plex10tux May 21, 2013 at 01:01 AM
I'm 50 and still skate parks. Can't wait to skate here

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