Pensacola City Council Approves Plans to Build Skatepark


The City of Pensacola is closing in on a deal to add a skate park.

Late last week, City Council approved plans to build the facility at Hollice T. Williams Park.

Jon Shell of youth empowerment group, Upward Intuiton, said the project’s intent is to provide a safe, positive space for children to enjoy the activities he enjoyed growing up: skating, rollerblading and BMXing.

“We want it to be a place where parents feel comfortable dropping their kids off,” Shell said. “I think it is a positive [location], being across from the police station.”

Shell said the plans include a family-friendly environment, complete with the infrastructure to engage all ages, such as a walking track around the entire perimeter, a cafe and restrooms. The process may be off the ground now, but it’s taken dedication.

“There has been a lot of different hoops to jump through,” Shell said. “Just getting to this point hasn’t been easy, but it’s been rewarding, a great learning experience and you know, it’s been fun, too.”

Shell said the park still seeks funding. For more information or to donate, contact Upward Intuition.

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