The Kyle City Council awarded a $1 million contract to SPA Skateparks, an Austin-based skate park contractor, Dec. 6 for the design and construction of a skate park at Gregg-Clarke Park.

The park, located at 1231-1301 W. Center St., Kyle, is home to various amenities, such as the James Adkins Pool, the Ash Pavilion, a sports complex and more. It hosts the city's annual Pie in the Sky celebration, skate nights and other events.

SPA Skateparks, in partnership with New Line Skateparks, a design and construction firm, have built skate parks throughout the state, including the Mueller Skatepark and Pump Track in Austin and the Jaws Skatepark in New Braunfels. Together, the firms provide planning, public consultations, design and construction services.

To bring the park to life, the firms will conduct community consultations and meet with local youth and community members.

"We want youth and affected community members to truly feel they are a part of the product solution and build lasting ownership in the final product," according to the presentation.

Through the collaborative process, the firms will be able to address issues that regularly arise, such as accessibility, lighting, parking and more. The firms will utilize geotechnical engineer—as each park is unique and concrete skate parks in Texas can pose certain developmental challenges—all with the goal to create a sustainable and solid park.

The funding comes from the 2020 bond for park improvements, which include the skate park, Parks and Recreation Director Mariana Espinoza said. The city has also entered into an interlocal agreement with Hays County; the county will match the bond funds for park improvements.

"We are excited to bring yet another park improvement project for Gregg-Clarke Park," Espinoza said. "We are looking at an approximately seven-month time frame for design and construction."