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Glen Iris Neighborhood Considers Skatepark

crowds growing. Faith Skate Supply/Flickr.Crys Worley, founder of the A.Skate Foundation, presented concepts for a proposed skatepark in George Ward Park at last night’s Glen Iris neighborhood association meeting.

Worley’s foundation teaches autistic children how to skateboard. The organization sets up and run clinics nationwide. It is also currently working with the Lakeshore Foundation and Wounded Warriors as well as working with a UAB study to measure the neurological effects of skateboarding on autistic children.

Members of the neighborhood association and city officials have, as previously reported, had several meetings with Worley to discuss possible sites within the park. The current proposed plan would have the skatepark taking up about one third of the terrace land located between the dog park and the tennis courts. It would take up anywhere from 10,000 to 25,000 square feet of space and would cost roughly $450,000 to construct.

Worley explained that the CEO of VANS, Inc., recently visited Birmingham and the company is interested in providing funds for the park (something they have done elsewhere). He also suggested the company is interested in considering the city as a future stop on the popular VANS Warped Tour.

Overall, attendees expressed their support for Worley, A-Skate, and for a skatepark at George Ward both throughout the meeting and afterwards. They did, however, want to ensure that plenty of green space remains in the park.

The biggest concern of the audience at the meeting was that the terrace section is one of the few sections remaining at George Ward that is not dedicated to a specific use. One questioner wondered why Bessie Estell Park, located just west of Epic Elementary School, was not considered. Reasons cited included a lack of parking and noise concerns from the nearby St. Elias Maronite Church.

Those residents present requested Worley return to a future meeting with designs that show what the skatepark’s footprint would look like in relation to the current park layout. They would also like to hear testimonials of other cities who have skateparks in their municipal parks.

Photo: Zero/DGK Tour. Faith Skate Supply/Flickr.

New hours for Birmingham’s dog park

Running. Photo Courtesy of Dog Park USAEarlier today Bark for a Park shared information about new hours for the dog park located in Birmingham’s George Ward Park beginning this week.

According to a status update on their Facebook page, the area designated as a dog park late last year will be closed weekly on Wednesday mornings from 7:30-11 a.m.

The purpose of the weekly closings is to that allow them to perform routine maintenance including “mowing, trimming around the fence and areas adjacent to the creek.”

Green Springs Dog Park is currently the only official dog park in the metro Birmingham area, though there are others being considered.

Thanks to DOGingham for the head’s up.

Photo: Running. Courtesy of Dog Park USA

Glen Iris residents want your help

We just got an email asking for residents to show up at tomorrow’s City Council meeting to show support for residents of the city’s Glen Iris neighborhood. For more than a year they’ve been working to stop development of 107 apartments planned for the eastern side of George Ward Park on the former Knights of Columbus Property. Among other things, the park holds a 24-hole disc golf course.

They will attempt to convince the council tomorrow to initiate a Sector Plan Study of the portion of the Glen Iris Neighborhood that includes the property in question to determine the appropriate zoning. They’re also hoping for a moratorium on building while that sector plan study is being conducted.

The email contains all of the pertinent details.