ZEPHYRHILLS — Zephyrhills officials are moving forward with plans for a new skate park at Krusen Field.
The Zephyrhills City Council has agreed to begin negotiations with Team Pain of Winter Springs for the design of a new skate park.
The 2013-14 city budget designates $225,000 for a new skate park built at the corner of Alston Avenue and 20th Street at Krusen Field. It will replace the old skate park, which was built in June 2004. The old park has deteriorated because it was built with asphalt instead of concrete.
The budgeted amount will build a skate park of about 7,000 to 8,000 square feet. The park will take about four months to build once construction begins.
At a recent council meeting, three companies were considered and presented their concepts before the city council. They were Spohn Ranch Skateparks of Los Angeles, Calif.; Gridline Skateparks of Seattle, Wash.; and Team Pain.
To prepare for the project, Zephyrhills Public Works Director Shane LeBlanc put together a stakeholders committee of local skateboarders who gave their input on a new skate park. Team Pain was heavily favored by this group.
“Team Pain’s reputation among the skate board community is second to none because all their workers and owners are skate board enthusiasts,” LeBlanc said. “We’ve visited some of the parks they have built in other communities, and their parks are phenomenal.”
LeBlanc said that, taking negotiations, permitting and planning into account, March or April 2015 was a realistic projection for the opening of the new park.
“People will travel to Team Pain parks from all over the country,” LeBlanc said. “We want our skate park to be a destination that is very typical of Team Pain parks. We want something to really be proud of.”
According to the Team Pain website, company founder and president Tim Payne has been skateboarding, designing and building skate structures for more than 30 years. “His professional experience has produced over 200 skate structures, worldwide. In the early ‘80s, [Payne] began building back yard skate ramps throughout the east coast. Skateboard contests were held and word spread to professional skaters of [Payne’s] creations, which led him to build ramps for the NSA (National Skateboarding Association) tours throughout the U.S.”