Mayor Sandy Stimpson and city officials broke ground today on a new skate park at Public Safety Memorial Park on Airport Boulevard.

Skate park

The project was proposed two years ago, but became one of Stimpson’s priorities after he took office. The mayor thanked members of the skating community and the City Council for its support of the $320,667 project.

“Improving the quality of life in Mobile is a core value of my administration,” Stimpson said in a statement. “Creating a skate park in Public Safety Memorial Park will further activate the space, draw the community together and engage the skating community in a tangible, meaningful way.”

Local businesses, including Foosackly’s, BellRose Tattoo, Bob’s Speed Shop and Beads and Leather have also expressed interest in supporting the project via a public-private partnership. Construction is expected to be completed by next summer.