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Town opens Sylva Pipes

Town opens Sylva Pipes

Skaters in Sylva finally have a place to ride in their own backyard after the opening of Sylva Pipes — a set of temporary skateboarding amenities constructed downtown.  

“The vision was to bring a couple of features into town to have someplace skaters could come, and to get a new little green space,” said Town Commissioner Greg McPherson.

“I believe Sylva needs more amenities, more things for people to do when they come downtown, that being kids, teens or adults,” said McPherson while advocating for the purchase during a meeting in September. “This is an opportunity to provide a quick remedy for teens to hang out and have something fun and constructive to do.”

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Even though the temporary structures are now open and ready for skaters, the hope for a permanent skatepark has not diminished.

“We’re hoping that this will be a catalyst for a larger park, either over at Mark Watson, or, a colleague and I have drawn up plans for what this could possibly look like in the future,” said McPherson. “A nice partnership with the town and with Kent Cranford, who I’d like to give a million thanks to.”

In Macon County, a new skatepark in Franklin  is expected to be completed by the end of the summer. The county commission recently voted to chip in more than $10,000 over the amount requested to help finish the project. The county allocated $60,576 toward the project in March, rounding out funding for the $262,000 project. The original cost of the park was estimated at $294,750, but because town staff decided to take care of all the grading at the site, that knocked more than $30,000 off the price. Through fundraising, a previous donation from the county and a SCIF grant
from the Southwestern Commission, the town had pulled together just over $150,000 for the skatepark, prior to the final allocations from the Town of Franklin and the Macon County Commission.

Haywood County completed its nearly half-million dollar skatepark in the fall of 2013 after a long push from the skating community. The Town of Waynesville funded about $300,000 for the park, and the remaining nearly $100,000 came from fundraising efforts and grants from the North Carolina Park and Recreation Trust Fund, the Waynesville Kiwanis Club, Pepsi and the Tony Hawk Foundation, among others.  

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