Largest Skate Park in America Being Built Near Greenspoint

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When I tell people I grew up near Greenspoint, they jokingly respond, "Oh, you mean Gunspoint?" Thing is, I'm old. Well, I'm not OLD old, but I'm old enough to have grown up in a neighborhood just north of Greenspoint Mall that was more like living in the country than in a demilitarized zone as it became when I was in my twenties. I can remember the land the mall was built on as a sheep pasture.

A lot has changed in my old hood as it is trying to remake itself after years throughout the '90s when it was given the Gunspoint label thanks to entire apartment complexes overrun by drugs and gangs. Many of those were plowed to the ground, but there are still enough inexpensive apartments around there that it has never quite shed the stigma.

Perhaps the country's biggest skate park will help.

According to Swamplot, a huge area north of Greenspoint off Kuykendahl (that's pronounced KIRK-en-dall for those not from around these parts) will be turned into the largest skate park in the U.S. with some 72,000 feet of concrete and a $5.5 million price tag. The Greenspoint District Web site has this:

The unique design includes a world-class competition-scale Texas bowl featuring a full pipe, 12-foot vert ramp, 10-foot bowl, banked walls and speed hips, plus a couple of backyard-style pools and three beginner/intermediate/advanced flow bowls. A section designed to emulate the street-skating experience will have ledges, rails, benches, banks, quarter pipes and stair obstacles, providing fun and creative challenge for skaters of all levels and interests.

A second aspect to the recreational complex, the park without limits, is generating excitement in the world of special needs youth. Called Dylan's Park, after an area child who was severely injured and later died from child abuse, this section of the facility will have areas designed to engage children who are sight impaired, hearing impaired, autistic or wheelchair-bound. Dylan's Park will also include open grassy areas for unstructured play, and the facility will be completely fenced.

Anything is better than cops chasing gun-wielding robbers through your front yard, but nothing like that ever happened at my house, of course.

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tobycstephens
tobycstephens

Interesting that you bring up "gunspoint".  I work in Greenspoint and haven't seen crime activity that you and others have expressed.  In fact, I found Houston's app, mycity.houstontx.gov/recentcrime which shows a map of crime in the past 30 days. It shows that Houston has a lot of crime where people live.  Which means there is stuff happening downtown, galleria, westchase, energy corridor, greenspoint and all over the city.  I lived in DC when it was the MURDER CAPITAL of the country.  When there is a lot of violent crime in a place people don't walk the street.  It can't be that bad since I see a lot of kids playing at that park off Greens road.

harlee.mangum
harlee.mangum

There should be a separate fenced area for a dog park!

No_PC_BS
No_PC_BS

Do they make bulletproof skateboards?

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