I started skating back in 2003 and grew up in Garland, Texas. Pretty early on, a rumor spread that a skate park was being built in our city. This probably started because in 2004, the City of Garland voters approved $1.1 million for a skate park in our bond election. News on the project suddenly vanished.
We fast forward thirteen years to February 2017 where an annual capital improvements projects program includes $1 million for a dog park and $50,000 was spent on a design plan. Wait, where's the skate park?
In June, the Tuckerville location was chosen and the skate park finally gets added back on alongside the dog park to save money on parking, utilities, etc. by sharing costs.
In July and August, the council disagreed with the location and requested a new one. Garland's Central Park was chosen and the council gave staff the go-ahead to pursue plans to remove the largest of the three armory buildings and a baseball field. $88,500 was dedicated to the dual-park design. Somewhere in the middle of all of this, the Garland Mayor disagrees with how the process played out and announces his future resignation.