The new Hatteras Island skatepark is currently under construction next to the baseball field at the Fessenden Center in Buxton, with a potential completion date of Memorial Day weekend.
“That’s the goal,” says Tim White, the program
director for the Dare County Parks and Recreation Department, although
he notes that an upcoming forecast of several rainy days may slow down
the progress of the construction.
The final design is a combination of two concepts
that were presented and discussed at a public meeting in early March.
Comments and suggestions were also encouraged via email, and on a
Facebook page dedicated to the project, at
The second concept, which measured roughly 6,000
square feet and which featured approximately 8-foot decks all the way
around a central bowl, was the preferred option by both public meeting
attendees and the Facebook community,
“Concept [two] looks way better. The more bowl and transition the better... we all surf around here,” said one commenter.
But the cost of the second option was
approximately $40,000 more than the $165,000 in county funding that was
budgeted for the park, and to date, there are no extra donations
available to upgrade fully to the second concept.
As a result, the final design will incorporate
some of the popular features of the second concept, as well as some of
the more budget-friendly aspects of the first concept – which did come
in under the allotted $165,000 price tag.
“They’ve absorbed some of the features from
design two, and put it into design one,” explained White. “They’re
going to build it within budget, but it’s not going to be exactly like
Plans were handed over to the building inspector
once the final design was solidified, and the construction of the
skatepark began in late April. The project is being completed by
Artisan Skateparks – a local construction company that was selected for
the project in December of 2015 after the county vetted five different
developers, including one from Florida, one from Seattle, and two from
California. The Board of Commissioners made the final decision to go
with Artisan Skateparks.
The Dare County Parks and Recreation Department
has worked with Artisan Skateparks before, for the construction of the
skatepark in Kitty Hawk, and the company has been in business since
2003, with a collaboration of more than 25 years of combined custom
skatepark construction and design.
Once completed, the skatepark will be free and open to everyone in the community, from visitors to residents.
And as long as the weather holds out, there’s a
good chance that locals can break in the new skatepark as early as
Memorial Day weekend.