Largo Skate Park Will Move to Bayhead Complex
The Largo City Commission approved a new site for the skate park because a new recreation building will be built at the park's current location.
The Largo Skate Park will have a new home by late spring just north of the basketball courts on the Bayhead Complex property.
The skate park opened at its current Highland Recreation Complex location in 2003. As part of the construction on the new Highland Complex, part of the new building will be on the site of the existing skate park.
"The equipment is in great shape and can be moved as is," Parks Superintendent Greg Brown said.
The city presented the commission with three possible locations for the skate park, but the unanimous consensus of the commission was to place the park by the basketball courts. Vice Mayor Harriet Crozier asked about basketballs bouncing onto the skate ramps. But Brown said the basketball courts have an existing 10-foot fence, which would be reinforced.
The other proposed skate park locations included the southeast corner of the Bayhead Complex near a strip center, but the location had poor visibility from the road and lacked existing lighting and fencing. The last spot considered was in a current parking area of the Southwest Recreation Complex, but the lot had poor visibility from the road and was close to residences on two sides.
On Tuesday, the city commission authorized borrowing $10 million for the proposed Highland Recreation Complex. The commission plans to consider a separate resolution to borrow another $10 million in January. Out of the total $20 million, $17 million is for the proposed new Highland Recreation Complex and $3 million is for wastewater refinancing.
The $150,000 to move the skate park is part of the recreation complex project budget. The city tentatively plans to open the new park by April. The city plans to complete the new center by 2013.