KINGSPORT — Kingsport officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Scott Adams Memorial Skate Park Friday afternoon.
The new park will be built at Brickyard Park, across from the ball fields and be roughly the same size as the old one at Cloud Park. It will have modern features, be made from more durable materials while offering better flow for skaters and bikers.
The reason why the skate park is moving to Brickyard is because Domtar needed the land at Cloud for its $300 million renovation project currently underway.
In exchange, Kingsport received the 40-acre Cement Hill property from Domtar and the company kicked in $500,000 toward the construction of the new skate park.
City Manager Chris McCartt said the new skate park should be completed in the Spring of 2022. McCartt noted that the design phase of the planned pump track (located adjacent to the skate park) will soon be underway.
Kingsport’s skate park opened in November 2005 and is named after Scott Adams, a 13-year-old who was struck by a car while retrieving his skateboard on Stone Drive. The Adams family, in coordination with the city’s parks and recreation department, created the skate park at Cloud Park is his honor.