Waynesville skate park takes shape despite rain
Construction on Waynesville's new skate park has only been slightly delayed by the past two weeks of heavy rainfall in Haywood County, said Rhett Langston, director of Waynesville Parks and Recreation.
The skate park is still projected to open in late summer, however, after the last ramp is poured, the park will remain closed for at least one month to allow time for the concrete to cure, Langston said.
WNC Paving has subcontracted Artisan Concrete Services LLC. of Kitty Hawk to pour the concrete for the ramps.
Langston envisions the nearly $400,000 park to bolster the economy, drawing locals and tourists alike.
Jared Lee, a local professional skateboarder who has been on the skate park committee from its inception, feels the park will draw skaters of all different levels from beginner street skaters to professionals.
The park is designed with easier, street skating stairs, rails and ramps in the center and taller ramps for transition skaters around the outside of the park.
Lee said he's visited the park nearly every day since construction began and has seen nearly one or two ramps being poured a day.
Once construction of the park is complete, only landscaping and building a parking lot stand between grand opening day.