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Update: Kennesaw Skatepark

The city could see a ground-breaking on the skatepark as early as March if proper funding is secured.

In November, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews announced a partnership with the Rob Dyrdek Foundation to design and build in .

According to an online project overview, the city could see a ground-breaking on the skatepark as early as March if proper funding is secured.

The estimated project cost is $1.2 million with $750,000 . 

"The gap is in the area of $355,000. We are seeking support from a foundation that embraces the values of such a skatepark and wishes to invest in the lives of a whole community and region in the southeast," reads the project overview.

The Dyrdek Foundation is providing funding to cover the design fees and will assist the city’s Swift-Cantrell Park Foundation to help raise the additional funds. 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 City of Kennesaw is on the cusp of having one of the best and safest skateparks in the world for local, regional, and national recreational use and events. We are nearly 90% funded but need to go the extra mile to make this dream come true for thousands of young people and their families," reads the update.

The website notes project milestones such as the completion of site evaluation and engineering studies with design and construction documents "due any day now."

According to the project overview, there are 20,000 skateboarders in Cobb County but no major skateparks. Check back in with Kennesaw Patch later this week as we'll take a closer look at the potential economic impact of the project.

What do you think of the city's plans for a skatepark? Tell us in the comments.

Molly Weber January 09, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Have a Chili Cook Off / BBQ / Field Day event at Swift-Cantrell Park to raise money!
Gaetana Pipia January 09, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Sounds like a good idea, Molly. Who can say no to chili?
Jazmin January 09, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Awesome! Kids get into trouble when theyre bodies and minds are idle! This is a great investment for our youth!
Dan Lacey January 09, 2012 at 07:44 PM
what a great idea there needs to be more place like this in the world
Shelly Browne January 10, 2012 at 01:29 PM
I like how even adults stop and watch them and clap for them. I think it helps keep the tone positive, I have been impressed how kind they can be to a newbie kid.
Zach January 15, 2012 at 08:56 AM
Who would i contact to write a check for 355,000??
Joe Bozeman January 15, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Zach, It would be very simple, click on the link for Swift-Cantrell Park Foundation. I am sure they would be happy to receive any donation.
celebsleaze May 31, 2012 at 02:07 PM
there are lots and lots of us who have been asking District Attorneys all over the country to investigate Ciaglia's questionable business practices. http://bit.ly/KuwpYO
remy gedrose July 24, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Caelebsleaze can u please post some true facts with sources and the like. Even wikiapedia tells where the info originates

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