City gets grant to build skatepark at Central Park

City gets grant to build skatepark at Central Park
Madison's Central Park

The city of Madison has been awarded a grant that will go toward building the Central Park Skatepark, according to a release.

The $295,308 grant is part of a competitive grant program called the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership, and is funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, officials said.

The grant will redevelop and revitalize a vacant former industrial area by constructing Madison’s first skatepark at the newly developed Central Park, according to the release. The project has included extensive public involvement in the planning and design of the skatepark.

Construction of the 20,000-square-foot skatepark will include lighting, walkways, an underdrainage system, landscaping, drinking fountain, seating areas and fencing, officials said. Construction will continue through the summer, and is expected to be done by mid-August.

“Central Park has become a wonderful addition to Madison’s Isthmus area used regularly by neighborhood families and for events which attract residents city-wide,” Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said in the release. “Providing an attractive destination for skaters of all skill levels not only promotes healthy individuals, especially youth, but also provides a public space that will help build a healthier community.”