A skate park for South Walton?


Matt Barton riding in a skate park in Athens, Ga.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 03:53 PM.

When the Walton County Board of County Commissioners held a workshop Sept. 26 to look at locations for a proposed sports complex in South Walton, one aspect taken under consideration is whether a skate park needed to be included in the plans.

Matt Barton, assistant manager at Central Square Records, believes it does.

From Albany , Ga. , Barton has already been a driving force behind getting a skate park built there, and he hopes to see it happen again in his new community of South Walton.

Barton, who has lived in South Walton for four years, has attended two or three meetings to discuss the possibilities of a sports complex for South Walton and he gave his input at the last one.

One of the sites under consideration would be obtained via a lease and due to the way the water lines are laid, it could not accommodate digging down to build the concrete bowl structure that is a skate facility, said Barton.

The two remaining sites under consideration include the one on U.S. Highway 98E just down from the new middle school site, and the other is located between U.S. Highway 98 and Chat Holley close to the dog park. Both of these sites could accommodate a skate park.

Barton feels certain that if a skate park were built in South Walton it would be filled with people and is a good way to support youth athletics in Walton County , and strengthen our surf/skate/beach culture.

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