Tyler City Council set to approve new skate area, all-inclusive equipment at parks

Updated: Feb. 11, 2019 at 5:51 PM CST
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Two Tyler city parks will be closer to completing improvements when the city council meets Wednesday to discuss the final steps of their renovation.

Projects are already underway at Faulkner Park and Southside Park. Tyler Parks and Recreation held a community design workshop for a proposed skate park at Faulkner Park back in December. The community was invited to attend to give their ideas on the new park’s design.

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“We’ve gone through a TIPS co-op purchasing agreement to bring this company in and go with their proposal that they’ve given us,” said Russ Jackson. “It brings about 3,500 sq. ft. of professional grade and installed surfacing for skates and... for skateboards.”

The deteriorating Noble E. Young skate park will soon be demolished and relocated to Faulkner Park. Jackson said Faulkner was a better choice because it allows for larger spaces for community events and accessibilit y for citizens.

“There are some upgrades that need to come to Noble Young, and so it’s going to hamper that operation,” said Jackson.

The skate park at Faulkner Park will cost the city about $200,000 dollars; construction is expected to begin in the few weeks that follow Wednesday’s city council meeting.

The city council will also address the purchasing of new, all-inclusive playground equipment at Southside Park. In October, the city’s Half Cent Sales Tax board authorized $600,000 in funding, $100,000 of which will go toward the re-development of Southside Park located off of Shiloh Road.

“This is going to be a really neat feature to Tyler parks,” said Jackson. “This is an inclusive playground equipment, there’s over 13,000 sq. ft. of surface area for the playground equipment. Those with special needs [will be] assisted to get into the playground.”

Design and engineering are underway and projected to finish the first week of March, according to the city council agenda.

The Tyler City Council meets to discuss both park projects further on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

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