Thursday, July 27, 2006

More Thoughts on a Skate Park

One of the ideas for Warrendale that I had posted here earlier this was the creation of skate park in River Rouge Park - possibly in connection with a Graffiti Hall of Fame. It was pointed out that, amoung things, this would improve Detroit's chances to land a future round of the X Games. (We would have trouble competing for the surfing category, but if Philadelphia can land the X Games then I don't see why Detroit can't).

Tomo wrote in to say that the cost for such a skate park can easily run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

I wasn't overly familar with skate parks so I fired up my web browser and did a little searching. According to the Tony Hawk Foundation, it generally costs between $10 - $25 per square foot to build a skate park. They also recommend that skate parks be have at least 10,000 square feet in them. This would mean that we could build a first rate skate park for around $250,000.

Sounds like a lot - until you factor in a potential win of the X Games.

When the X Games were in Philadelphia, the games had an economic impact of roughly $40 million.

So, a $250,000 investment in a skate park for River Rouge Park potentially yields a $40 million return. Not half bad, in my opinion.

Plus, we still have a skate park for folks to play in when it's all said and done.

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