And judging from first impressions by residents, and especially the large group of local skaters, it’s been a positive addition to the city.
At Wednesday morning’s soft opening, Mayor Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez snipped the ribbon, and about 50 youngsters, as well as a few adults, hopped on their skateboards and entered the large, concrete “B”-shaped structure that has been under construction there.
The mayor and John Longoria, former city councilman, pointed out that young skaters had been wanting a skate park for more than 30 years.
And now, after the city set aside $200,000 of bond sale proceeds, developed a master plan and hired an Austin-based firm to design and build the structure...
“Well, here it is,” Martinez said, “your skate park to enjoy. Be careful, wear helmets, be safe, take care of it, keep it clean. It will be here for many years to enjoy.”
Plans are for the Flournoy Park improvements to include a new public restroom facility, walking trail, picnic facilities, playscape for children and butterfly garden that will be built by Beeville Garden Club members.
It sounds ambitious and gorgeous – if it’s maintained. The prominently located park should be an attractive central gathering place for families.
“I think it’s a very positive thing for the kids and the community,” Longoria said. “It should bring everybody together.”
Martinez told the skaters and others that they should come back to Flournoy Park on Aug. 11 between 10 a.m. and noon. The city is planning a “grand event” that is expected to feature giveaways and skating demonstrations. Keep watching this newspaper/website for further details.
Now, the key to the success of this venture will be whether the skaters, residents and visitors will respect and take care of this sparkling, brand-new facility. We sincerely hope that they will.
– Chip Latcham