District 69, Park District plan skate park in Skokie
Updated: July 8, 2012 8:32AM
The Skokie Park District and Skokie-Morton Grove School District 69 are looking to build a skate park on school district property in the village.
Skokie Park District Executive Director Mark Schneiderman said the Park District has been working with District 69 and the village to create a park to be used exclusively for skating.
“We have plans for what I think is going to be a pretty cool skate park,” Schneiderman said. “We’re trying to move this thing along pretty quickly.”
Although Schneiderman said the skate park would be built on District 69 property, its exact location has not yet been made public.
Schneiderman said a public hearing on the proposed skate park will be scheduled, during which detailed plans will be discussed.
“What you have is a school district working with a park district and the park district working with the school district and the village, and we’re all coming together to make this thing happen,” Schneiderman said.
Schneiderman called the project “a great collaboration” and assured that more information would be coming out soon.
“Right now,” he said, “the village of Skokie is the skate park for kids who want to skateboard. They’re using public facilities, they’re using driveways, curbs, benches, private facilities. Kids are skating. It’s a fact of life.”
Schneiderman said that if a town lacks a skate park, the entire town becomes the skate park.
The Park District in the past has considered other venues for a skate park including the Skokie Sports Park on Oakton Street.
But it has found another location, Schneiderman said, and plans are moving forward. The Park District has already tapped some to survey different skate parks with planners to provide input for the project.