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Update: Kennesaw Skatepark

The city could see a ground-breaking on the skatepark as early as March if proper funding is secured.

Update: Kennesaw Skatepark

In November, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews announced a partnership with the Rob Dyrdek Foundation to design and build in .

According to an online project overview, the city could see a ground-breaking on the skatepark as early as March if proper funding is secured.

The estimated project cost is $1.2 million with $750,000 . 

"The gap is in the area of $355,000. We are seeking support from a foundation that embraces the values of such a skatepark and wishes to invest in the lives of a whole community and region in the southeast," reads the project overview.

The Dyrdek Foundation is providing funding to cover the design fees and will assist the city’s Swift-Cantrell Park Foundation to help raise the additional funds. Rob Dyrdek is a celebrity skateboarder and host of the show  Ridiculousness on MTV. Founded in 2003, the Rob Dyrdek Foundation assists cities and non-profits with the design, development and construction of legal skate plazas.

"The City of Kennesaw is on the cusp of having one of the best and safest skateparks in the world for local, regional, and national recreational use and events. We are nearly 90% funded but need to go the extra mile to make this dream come true for thousands of young people and their families," reads the update.

The website notes project milestones such as the completion of site evaluation and engineering studies with design and construction documents "due any day now."

According to the project overview, there are 20,000 skateboarders in Cobb County but no major skateparks. Check back in with Kennesaw Patch later this week as we'll take a closer look at the potential economic impact of the project.

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