Dripping Springs City Council considers further support for community skate park

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Mayor Todd Purcell and the Dripping Springs City Council heard a presentation by the Dripping Springs Skatepark Committee at a Feb. 11. meeting. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)

Mayor Todd Purcell and the Dripping Springs City Council heard a presentation by the Dripping Springs Skatepark Committee at a Feb. 11. meeting. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)

Dripping Springs City Council discussed possible means of financial support for the Dripping Springs Skatepark Initiative at a Feb. 11 meeting at City Hall. Mayor Todd Purcell encouraged the council to hold off on approving a specific request to apply for a grant that would support the construction of a community skateboarding park` in order to give city staff an opportunity to put together further recommendations for how the city could aid the project.

The city donated 1.5 acres of land on the northern end of Founders Memorial Park to the Dripping Springs Skatepark Initiative in 2017, and since then, the organization has worked on fundraising efforts to make the $500,000 project possible.

Dennis Baldwin, a member of the Dripping Springs Skatepark Committee, updated City Council on fundraising progress at the Feb. 11 meeting and requested that council approve a motion pledging that the city would apply for several funding opportunities on the organization's behalf, including Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Local Parks Non-Urban Outdoor Recreation grant. Baldwin also requested the city consider contributing parkland dedication funds to the project.

Several area youth who participate in current activities sponsored by the skatepark initiative spoke during the public forum on the impact skateboarding had in their own lives.

“Skating has been going so far for me, and I have no idea where I would be in life right now [without it]. Honestly, I can’t tell. The only thing I want to do is progress, progress, progress,” said one high school student in attendance.


Laura Payne, a member of the Dripping Springs Community Foundation, which sponsors of the park initiative, also spoke in support of the project.

“I’m pleased that the area youth will have a safe place to practice their skills,” Payne said.

While a staff report from Parks and Community Services Director Kelly Schmidt supported Dripping Springs Skatepark Initiative's request, Purcell explained that he wanted staff to look into further avenues of support, including the potential dedication of hotel occupancy tax funds, before a vote was taken. Council voted to postpone a decision.

“I think the council wants to support the skatepark,” Purcell said. “It’s just a matter of how best to do it.”
By Olivia Aldridge

Multi-Platform Journalist

Olivia hosts and produces Community Impact Newspaper's podcasts, The Austin Breakdown, The Houston Breakdown and The DFW Breakdown. She launched the podcasts after nearly three years as a reporter for the newspaper, covering public health, business, development and Travis County government for the Central Austin edition. Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas.