New downtown skatepark on the way. Where should it go?

October 4, 2016 22 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

A new skatepark appears to be on its way to downtown Jacksonville. However, an exact site has not been selected. Here's a look at the locations under consideration and an offer for your voice to be heard on where this skatepark should go.

Photograph by Kyle Burris - Kyle Burris from Portland, OR, United States, CC BY-SA 2.5,

In May 2016, City Councilman Bill Gulliford proposed banning skateboarding in downtown Jacksonville and was met with strong opposition.

As a result of the community pushback, Councilman Gulliford decided to meet with local skateboard advocates with the goal of hammering out a deal that would satisfy all impacted parties. This deal included a plan to construct a new skatepark to serve the downtown area and a list of potential sites for the public to consider.

With this in mind, Able Skate Mag has a survey out seeking input on the preferred location for a new skate park in the urban core.

Next Page: A Closer Look At Each Site Under Consideration:

Article by Ennis Davis, AICP originally published on Transform Jax section of Meaning Better TRANSportation and Urban FORM today, for a sustainable Jacksonville tomorrow, TransForm Jax's vision is to improve the vitality and quality of life in Jacksonville through creative, innovative, attainable, and sustainable solutions. A graduate of Florida A&M University, Ennis is a certified urban and transportation planner with 15 years of experience in the fields of architecture, planning and transportation. In addition, Ennis is a co-founder of Modern Cities, TransForm Jax, Atlanta-based HGI Investment Group and author of Reclaiming Jacksonville, Cohens: The Big Store and Images of Modern America: Jacksonville. Contact Ennis at or follow on Twitter and Facebook.