New skatepark headed to Laurel

New skatepark headed to Laurel

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A portion of Laurel's Daphne Park will soon be transformed into a skater's paradise.

"We are taking bids for the skatepark that's going to be built in Daphne Park," Mayor Johnny Magee said.

Boards shredding Pascagoula's Skatepark on the coast is an example of what you will see in the coming months in Laurel.

"I'm really excited about it," local business owner Sean Stewart said.

Stewart said he is ecstatic to see the city and mayor behind the constructing of the concrete play ground.

"We will be ready to do some things for some skaters in the city," Magee said. "We have a lot of skaters in the city. They are tired of skating up the side of buildings and parking lots. So, we are going to have a state of the art skatepark."

Magee said it's a process that's been in the works for some time.

"I was amazed people over 40 use skates," Magee said. "But, they enjoy it and we want to do something for them and give them a place to go where they can congregate and skate to their hearts desire."

The park is not costing the city much money, according to Magee. A majority of the funding is coming from a grant through the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

"I'm glad that it's there and we can contribute to the culture and add to the local flavor a little bit," Stewart said.

The city has not announced an official opening date for the skatepark.