Wasena skatepark

Jevon Rose, an amputee skateboarder, rides at the Wasena skate park in Roanoke in 2007.

Roanoke’s Parks and Recreation department is seeking feedback at an open house Thursday about a potential skate/BMX park in the city.

The department is partnering with the nonprofit Roanoke Skatepark Initiative to conduct a feasibility study of whether such a park is within reach for the city. The private group raised more than $20,000 last year and is working to raise the same amount this year to help fund the study.

The meeting is set for 4 to 7 p.m. in the Berglund Center, and is part of the city’s process for developing a new parks and recreation master plan. The city held other meetings earlier this month to gather more general input on the direction for the city’s parks and athletic facilities.

According to a city news release, representatives from the city, the Roanoke Skatepark Initiative and a landscape architecture firm will be available to take feedback and answer questions about elements such as the potential locations and size. Attendees can drop in at any time during the open house. There will be no formal presentation to watch.

For more information on the master planning process, including videos of previous public feedback sessions, visit www.playroanoke.com.

For more information on the Roanoke Skatepark Initiative, visit www.roaskate.org.

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Matt Chittum covers Roanoke City. A Roanoke native, he’s been at the Roanoke Times for more than two decades, having overcome an inauspicious start with a part-time clerical job.

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