Walton County commissioners voted Tuesday to put forward more than $460,000 to help construct a concrete skate park at Helen McCall Park.
SANTA ROSA BEACH — Walton County is officially set to drop in on plans to construct a skate park.
County commissioners agreed Tuesday to dole out more than $460,000 to complete funding needed to build the concrete skate park at Helen McCall Park.
For Mike Sturdivant, a board member for the Walton Skate Society, the addition has been a long time coming.
"This has been a really important endeavor," he said. "The surfing, skating, outdoor culture of our community is something that we have to fight to preserve, and this skate park solidifies ... that part of our community is important."
With a little more than $100,000 already set aside for the park, the county's contribution will be enough to bring a top-notch amenity to the area, he added.
For Dave Rauschkolb, the skate park will be "a feather in the hat of Walton County."
He told commissioners that he believed they might want to build another one in DeFuniak Springs after they see the South Walton skate park's success.
"There's no question that having a state-of-the-art skate park will be a tremendous recreational opportunity," Rauschkolb wrote in a text. "It will be a low-maintenance amenity provided by the county with maximum benefit to Walton County citizens and tourists."
Although the park has taken more than a decade to gain momentum, Sturdivant said the extra time — paired with a $10,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation — helped the Walton Skate Society land a contract with New Line Skateparks to design the park. He added that the group is among the "top 10" skate park design companies in the nation.
Sturdivant hoped for construction to begin at the beginning of next year. He said that once a construction company is contracted by the county, the wheels should quickly get rolling.
"Building a park doesn't take nearly as long as planning a park," he said. "I've been told that pouring concrete in January is what we can expect and what probably will happen. ... We really want the park to be something the community is proud of."