SKATE PARK HISTORY
Under sunny skies and amid a festival-like atmosphere, the City of College Station on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 officially named its newest attraction: The G. Hysmith Skate Park.Why Garrett Hysmith?
The park’s namesake is Garrett Hysmith, an energetic College Station boy who, by the time he died in 2005 at age 13, had bravely fought brain cancer for four years. He loved music and Boy Scouts, but was most passionate about skateboarding.
Two years after his death, his closest friends embarked on what they would dub Operation Garrett: Convincing the College Station City Council to include a skate park as part of a bond package that would go before voters. In 2008, 65 percent of those voters embraced the idea at the ballot box. Operation Garrett would, indeed, create a proper place for skateboarders — a $920,000 facility — to safely practice and perfect their sport.
Attending the grand opening event were Garrett’s parents and extended families on both sides.
Designed for all skill levels, this competition-quality skate park on Rock Prairie Road consists of a large pro-style flow bowl, a pool bowl with tile and pool coping, and a long linear street course with hundreds of feet of unique terrain and scalable elements. Other features include water fountains, benches and a shaded patio area for spectators. The facility is mostly made of concrete, which is permanent and virtually maintenance-free.
Early ideas for the park sparked a grassroots effort by local enthusiasts in 2007, and city voters approved the $920,000 facility in a 2008 bond election. With extensive input from the public and local skateboarders, planning began in 2009 and construction started in April 2011.
The skate park was designed by Bleyl & Associates of Bryan in conjunction with Grindline, Inc., a specialty design firm based in Seattle, Wash. The park was constructed by JaCody, Inc. of College Station in association with SPA Skateparks of Austin.