New Skate Park for Jonesboro?

June 10, 2006 -- Posted at 4:06 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- You may recall almost two years ago the skate park in downtown Jonesboro was destroyed, since then skaters have had one place to skate: Allen Park on the south side of town.

"The city of Jonesboro is looking for a new site to replace the downtown skate park. We've got American Ramp Company out here demonstrating some of the new ramps that could be at the new skate park," said Jason Wilkie, Executive Director of the Jonesboro Department of Parks and Recreation.

Currently, officials with the Department of Parks and Recreation are looking at property on the north side of town.

"We really need to acquire some land. The West Nettleton property is going before our public services committee and the city council, and we'll know some more in a few months," said Wilkie.

Local skaters say a new park is necessary, especially one that's closer to their homes.

"Skate parks are invaluable. I mean, there's plenty of land out here. All the kids are in one area right now, where else would they be? They'd be getting kicked out of neighborhoods kicked out of downtown," said Eric Britton.

Eric Britton, or "Tuma" is a professional skateboarder who has come to town to help encourage the young skate boarders.

"All these kids knowing that there's other kids to skate with, it's just going to bring them together and make them organize so they can have more skate parks," said Britton.

Many skate boarders don't participate in group sports, so having a place to go skate boarding is very important to them.

"Obviously kids need outlets. There are a million baseball fields and football fields, so build the kids more skate parks. I mean, it's nothing but a positive thing," said Britton.