The Web Urbanist has a nice photographic compilation of great skateparks around the world.
All cool but I think a skatepark designed and built for the tip of Mud Island, jutting into and surrounded on 3 sides by the great Mississippi River, would hold its own, and probably more with any of them.
Skatelife Memphis has proposed just such an incredible public use for a piece of land that has been unused since it formed over 100 years ago.
The red line below shows the approximate location of the skatepark.
Nothing but grass, and rough at that.
Yet the Riverfront Development Corp has put Skatelife off since April 2008 so the RDC can do a master plan on Mud Island.
Another master plan.
Another master plan that will cost approximately $800 thousand dollars*, when the highest end skate park is only $3 million. Another plan that won't even start gathering input from the public until late March because it's already taken a year to plan the plan.
In the meantime, greatness flows past Memphis.
So maybe that's just water under the bridge. Skatelife Memphis asks that you attend the public input sessions and let the RDC know your support for the skatepark on Mud Island. Let the RDC see the dynamism and vitality that they put off for at least two years, but can still have.
There will be 4 sessions.
* figure ciphered from the $400,000 matching grant they received from Corps of Engineers to do the study.