The Friends of Salida Skateparks has been extremely instrumental in working with the City of Salida to secure the support and capital needed to build a new skatepark in Centennial Park located at 1695 Holman Ave.
In early 2020, Salida adopted a Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Master Plan to ensure the City is best serving the recreation needs and interests of the community. A larger skatepark that could accommodate a range of skill levels and various styles of skating was at the top of the list.
The Master Plan process involved extensive community input and participation from residents, including public meetings, focus groups, an online survey and work sessions with department staff members. In total, over 750 people shared their feedback.
Hearing there was support behind this project, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department applied for a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Grant and was awarded $350,000 in March to help fund the project with additional funds coming from the City, fundraisers and donors.
With extensive input from local skaters the best fit for the design and construction of the new park is Grindline Skateparks, a world-renowned skatepark builder.
The City and Friends of Salida Skateparks are still working very hard to secure funding for additional park features like lighting, shade structures and restrooms to improve and expand the park’s use.