Bayhead complex to be home for new skate park
March 7, 2013 by Mark
Last week, officials of the city of Largo broke ground for the construction of the Bayhead Skate Park located north of the Bayhead Complex, which houses basketball courts for the city.
According to the superintendent of parks for Largo, Greg Brown, before construction can begin, a permit needs some modification and approval from the Southwest Water Management District. This process should take a few weeks and then the project can be completed in about 10 weeks and include stairs and rails and a bowl. The reason for the ability to complete the park so quickly is that much of the equipment from the former park at the Highland Recreation Complex will be moved to the new park.
The development cost the city $150,000 to move and will be 9,000 square feet in size. The park will be open to the public at no charge and will be able to be used by skateboarders and BMX riders. There will be a camera monitoring all activities at the park so as to help reduce vandalism.
The original skate park at the Highland Recreation Center was opened in 2003. There were three recommendations for new locations for the skate park but the city commission unanimously approved the one located near the basketball courts. There was some concern that the basketballs might bounce onto the skate ramps but the Brown said that there is a 10-foot fence around the existing courts and these would be reinforced as part of the project.