Lubbock skaters encourage Mcalister Park redevelopment to include skate parks
In April, City Councilman Randy Christian and the Lubbock Parks Department announced plans to redevelop Mcalister Park in southwest Lubbock.
Mitch Tibbit, with Proletariat Skate Shop, said improvements to the park will help others see the benefits of skating.
"I believe the development out here at Mcalister Park is very important, because it's going to allow more younger kids to kind of get involved in the sport," he said.
Tibbit went to city council in hopes of convincing members to include revamping ramps in that plan.
"You know, there's a lot of usable space out here that if done in a good way it can bring in tourism, people from out of town, you name it," he said.
Tech student Parker Simmons is part of Carmel Tones Skate Ministry. He said showing a different side of the skating community is important in getting other involved.
"We're trying to definitely build up a bigger, positive, more safe community out here because generally a lot of people view skate parks as not a very safe or positive environment," he said. "That's something we're really trying to push."
While it's unsure if upgrades will be made any time soon, Tibbit said he's working with other Lubbock skaters to make their own improvements.
"The skate community and I are currently have a fundraiser going, a Go Fund Me, to raise money to facilitate the installation of a second set of lights," he said.
Director of the Parks Department Bridget Faulkenberry said while plans for adding more skate parks around the city are in the works, skaters take pride in the current ones.
"I think the skate park community is getting very active, which is a good thing," she said. "They really care about the skate parks and they want to make them better."
The master plan's going to need a lot of private funding. The parks department hasn't said when redevelopment's expected to being.