Construction began last week on the City of Dickson’s skate park located at 206 E. College St. adjacent to the Dickson Fire Station No. 1. The scheduled opening for the yet-to-be-named skate park is in October.

Last May the City of Dickson approved the construction of the skate park as part of the city’s 2021-2022 budget. According to City of Dickson Department of Parks and Recreation Superintendent Cherie Wilson, the city council approved a $328,990 Sourcewell contract, a cooperative purchasing agreement with other states and local governments for the construction of the park.

Spohn Ranch Skateparks of Los Angeles designed and will build the skate park. The project is being overseen, in part, by Wilson and City of Dickson Public Works Director David Travis.

Some of the features of the new skate park will include a large bowl up to 6 feet high, a half-pipe and grinding rails.

Wilson, a former police officer, said that the skate park is the culmination of lobbying to raise awareness for having a place for local skaters to enjoy.

“If we don’t provide our citizens with a skate park, then our city has always been their skate park,” she said. “When I used to be a police officer, we were dealing with skaters up and down the city streets, on the sidewalks.

“They needed a place, so we’ve been advocating for this, trying to get them a place for many years, and it just worked where there was finally enough interest it, there was an area, and the city council gave their blessing, and here we are.”