After nearly 8 years of planning, today metro skateboarders got to see design plans for Des Moines' new regional skate park.
One they hope brings in exhibitions and skaters from all over the U.S.
“We’re smack dab in the middle between Kansas City and Minneapolis and those are two very big, important cities in skateboarding, this is going to put us on the map and bring a lot of people here,” says Drew Paul from Des Moines.
The 65,000 square foot park will be built on land donated by the city located on the west bank of the Des Moines river.
The design process will be led by a California company that specializes in creating skate parks.
It will feature 3 separate design elements, making it one of the largest skate parks in the U.S.
The park will be open 24- 7 days a week and will be free to the public.
On top of providing a safe place to skate, organizers say the park will also help boost Des Moines' economy.
“People will travel and make Des Moines an actual destination for someone under 30, you're going to have youth coming in not only to ride the park but when they get here they'll spend dollars at restaurants, hotels, everything goes right back into the city and being the location, I think that's huge,” says professional skateboarder Dan Rogers.
Phase one of construction is set to begin later this year, with an estimated cost of anywhere between two and three million dollars.
The Des Moines regional skateboard committee is planning several fundraising events to help raise money to fund the project.