Ypsi’s skatepark has announced that they are open as of September 17. Get your boards waxed and your wheels checked!
The Ypsilanti CommUNITY Skatepark officially opened September 17. Located on the corner of Midway Road and Clark Road in Willow Run, the new skatepark is sure to get all the area’s skaters, bikers, and other extreme sport enthusiasts into something new and exciting.
The newest skatepark has been in the works for quite some time. Since 2011, local advocates had hoped to build a permanent park. Thanks to the Tony Hawk Foundation and Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, these hopes have become a reality for Ypsilanti residents. The Ypsilanti Park Board had approved the park in the spring of 2018, and construction on the park began. Although COVID had delayed some of the construction in May of this year, construction has finally been completed and the park is open for business.
With the help of local skatepark advocates, Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Charter Township of Ypsilanti, the dream of Ypsilanti having a skatepark has finally come true.
On September 16, the Parks and Rec department held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the beginning of this brand new park. Due to COVID-19 gathering limitations, the ceremony was invite only. However, there is plenty of space for skateboarders to maintain a safe distance from one another at the skatepark, giving the Ypsilanti area a new way to play outdoors!
“It’s very exciting to be able to officially open the park to the skating community,” said Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission Deputy Director, Meghan Bonfiglio. “From the moment the idea of a new eastern county skatepark was brought to the Parks Commission it has taken on a life of its own. We have seen an outpouring of support for this park. The opportunity to partner with Ypsilanti Township to provide skateboarders a safe, recreational community resource that will be used for years to come, is really special. And we have a lot of partners to thank for bringing this project to life.”
The official first day of the park is September 17. Skaters from the area are now able to enjoy the newest park in Washtenaw County. Remember to stay safe!