The skateboarder looks out over a sea of smooth concrete. With a bend of his knees, balanced on an 8-inch-wide board and four small wheels, the skateboarder is sent flying toward the center of a bowl, momentum carrying him quickly up the other side. He shifts his weight, pivots the board, and is off again.
That’s the scene at Berry Hill Park, where dozens of skateboarders, BMX riders and inline skaters flock each day to perfect tricks at the city’s newest and most challenging skatepark. Located at 3489 Buckhorn Drive, the skatepark features a flow bowl, snake run, street section, stairs and rails.
“There is a new energy and vibrancy at Berry Hill because of this skatepark,” Mayor Jim Gray said today at the park’s grand opening celebration. “Thank you to Friends for Skateparks, which supported the project and provided great input and ideas to Parks & Recreation.”
Major construction of the skatepark was completed this summer. Since then, Parks & Recreation has installed a new sidewalk, landscaping and a water fountain.
“The Berry Hill skatepark is now a reality and is being used daily. It appears to be a welcomed addition to the park and provides another activity for our youth,” said 8th District Councilmember Fred Brown.
Designed with intermediate and advanced riders in mind, Berry Hill is Lexington’s third and largest skatepark. “We now have something for skaters of all ability levels,” said Monica Conrad, Director of Lexington Parks & Recreation. “Since the opening of the Woodland Park skatepark in 1999, we’ve seen interest in this activity continue to grow. Parks & Recreation offers a small skate pad for beginners at Kirklevington Park, and we are in the process of designing another skate pad for Valley Park.”
The park was designed and built by Dreamland Skateparks, an Oregon-based company with more than 20 years’ experience in skatepark construction. One of Dreamland’s craftsmen, Burke Morris, is a Lexington native who incorporated Bluegrass-themed elements into the design. Some of the concrete in the skatepark was stamped with horseshoes and stylized to mimic limestone, and one of the metal rails features the outline of galloping Thoroughbreds.
“Dreamland is proud to have designed and built the Berry Hill skatepark for the people of Lexington, and for skaters from all over Kentucky,” Morris said. “It is a unique, world-class facility, with numerous artistic features tailored specifically for the region. We can’t wait to see the talent that will develop from this park.”
The Berry Hill skatepark was an initiative of former 8th District Councilmember George Myers. The City partnered with Friends for Skateparks to design and raise money for the project. Donors and volunteers included Cosmic Skateshop, Case Construction Equipment, Wilson Equipment and dozens of citizens across the community.
Parks & Recreation will continue collaborating with the Friends group on designs for future projects.