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.”