December 2, 2022


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$2M skate park at Publix Sports Complex officially underway. Get a peek at what’s to come

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PANAMA City Beach — It can be wheelie taking place: the Panama Metropolis Seashore skate park is on the horizon.

County officials broke ground on Thursday for the lengthy-awaited $2 million Publix Sports activities Complex park.

The park’s skating surface will cover about 20,000 square toes. Officers said it will be paid out for with cash from the Tourist Development Council, and park and influence costs.

It is envisioned to be completed by April of next year.

County Commissioner Philip “Griff” Griffitts attended the ground breaking, indicating the new park will be big for the skating group.

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“This should really just include on to the excellent of lifetime for our young ones who like to skateboard all around the Seashore and Bay County,” Griffitts mentioned. “It is really something which is been sorely essential and this will be something that all people will be very pleased of when it’s done.”

The long-awaited $2 million Publix Sports Complex Skate Park, shown in a rendering, will feature half pipes, quarter pipes and snake runs.

The lengthy-awaited $2 million Publix Sporting activities Intricate Skate Park, demonstrated in a rendering, will characteristic 50 percent pipes, quarter pipes and snake operates.

The essential options of the park will be 50 % pipes, quarter pipes and snake operates. There also will be a great deal of multi-functional amenities for skaters to do methods on, Griffitts claimed.

Major designer Tim Payne, whose vocation of building state-of-the-art parks has spanned three a long time, developed the facility.

“Payne … is a world-renowned skate park facility designer, intended for the X Games, individuals sorts of points,” Griffitts claimed. “What he’s heading to bring to the table are heading to be some really remarkable skating. We are gonna see a whole lot of expertise in this park. We are almost certainly gonna see a large amount of talent appear out of this park in the future.”

The project has been a long time coming, with the county’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board approving conceptual patterns in Oct 2020 and the County Commission approving the building bid during their Feb. 1 conference.

Bay County Commissioner Philip “Griff” Griffitts talks to the media about the features of a new $2 million skatepark coming to Panama City Beach.

Bay County Commissioner Philip “Griff” Griffitts talks to the media about the options of a new $2 million skatepark coming to Panama Town Seashore.

“This has been a couple of yrs in the works, we have been conversing about this for a lengthy time with the TDC in the county,” Griffitts said. “The layout package took a small even though. …  It is been a prolonged system but we’re happy to at last see some grime be moved.”

Just a few of miles from the new park is the county’s existing skate park — McElvey Road Skate Park, which is about 5,242 square toes. County officers noted that nearby contractor Earnest Watkins has been a large aid by donating his time to keep McElvey up and working though they work on the new park.

The only other skate park in the county is the Panama Metropolis Skate Park in the downtown area. It is about 4,130 sq. toes.

As soon as the new facility is finished, officials said they hope to hold tournaments and particular skateboarding events.

Griffitts claimed county officials are observing sturdy support from the neighborhood for the park.

“The locals are quite excited … we recognize their tolerance,” Griffitts stated. “Government is slow shifting at times, so we’re happy to eventually see this appear down to the floor. Pondering by this time subsequent year, you happen to be gonna see a good deal of delighted skaters on this Beach.”

This report at first appeared on The News Herald: Bay County officials split ground for Publix Sports Complex Skate Park