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Cleveland one step closer to new skatepark

The City of Cleveland awarded a design/build contract to Grindline Skateparks, Inc. of Seattle, Washington to construct the new Cleveland Flats Skatepark.

Grindline will bring its skatepark expertise to Cleveland and work locally with LAND Studio; Ohio City, Inc. and Public Square Group, along with McKnight Associates, Ltd; Riverstone Engineering, Pro Geotech Inc. and F. Buddie Contracting, Ltd. and on the project.

"Our goal for the development of this property is to have it help us realize our vision for the rebirth of our waterfront, said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. "By bringing people to the water's edge and providing recreational opportunities, the new skatepark not only give local skaters a state-of-the-art facility, it will help connect people to our waterfront in a unique way," said Mayor Jackson.

The skatepark, which will cost $758,250, will be located along the Cuyahoga River immediately adjacent to the Cleveland Metroparks' new Rivergate Park, creating an environment with numerous recreational activities along the riverfront.

"Fulfilling Mayor Jackson's vision of an active waterfront is happening and that is awesome for our entire community," said Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman, whose Ward 3 includes the site for the new skatepark. "Working with Public Square Group, Ohio City, Inc. and LAND studio to move this project forward has been a true pleasure."

Vince Frantz, Executive Director of Public Square Group, Inc. said, "We are confident that Grindline will bring skateboarding in Cleveland to a new level and create a world class amenity at Rivergate that will attract residents in every neighborhood of Cleveland and skaters and families from around the Midwest. Skaters and families in Cleveland and surrounding suburbs will have a new place to meet and spend time practicing their passion. We are looking forward to more vibrant activities like this taking place in the city."

The Grindline Team will conduct public meetings as they develop the final design of the facility. A Spring 2013 ground-breaking is anticipated.

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