The city of Hermiston is hoping to see a new skate park in town next summer.
On Monday the city council approved a resolution allowing the city to apply for grant funding for a “teen adventure park” across South First Place from the fire station and police station.
Last week the city and representatives of skate park design company California Skateparks visited Hermiston High School to show off designs that included skate elements, a pump track for bikes, shade, stadium seating, restrooms, a parkour area, swing set a climbing boulder and more.
Parks and recreation director Larry Fetter said the plan was to build the park in two phases, with all of the skate park elements in phase one and the rest of the park built the next year.
He plans to apply for a $252,000 grant from Oregon Recreation and Park District, with a $252,000 match from the city and complete the first phase of the park by summer 2020. A second phase could be completed the next year, funded 100 percent by a mix of state and federal grants.
Teens who saw the plans last Thursday provided mostly positive feedback. Several said they thought it seemed like it would be a fun place to hang out even for non-skaters, and might encourage more students to embrace the sport in the future.