After being postponed twice due to inclement weather, the dedication of the reopening of the Louisville Extreme Park — now the Dave Armstrong Extreme Park — went forward today under sunny skies.
The skate park was renamed for former mayor Dave Armstrong, under whose administration it was created. Mayor Greg Fischer and Armstrong both spoke at the dedication, while skaters and bikers showed off the new features.
Park renovations began in May 2014 and were made necessary due to construction of the downtown crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project. Over a third of the park had to be razed and relocated to an adjacent property.
The renovations came in under budget, but the opening of the completed park was delayed by harsh conditions this winter. The contract with Mac Construction & Excavating Inc. for the project was around $2 million, which came out of the Ohio River Bridges Project budget. Initial construction of the park in 2002 cost around $2 million, as well.
The Louisville Extreme Park opened in 2002 and soon after was featured on legendary skater Tony Hawk’s “Secret Skateboard Tour.”
“Thrasher Magazine” gave the park a tremendous review in 2010: “The Louisville Extreme Park is one of the nation’s best skate parks, with awesome features, including a 24 foot full-pipe! The park offers a great balance of street-style, transition style and vert.” Most review sites rate the park at least a four out of five stars.
The park is around 40,000 square feet.
Fischer said that in 2002, Louisville was on the cutting edge when it came to acknowledging the benefits that an extreme park would have on the community. Armstrong met with resistance when he first proposed the park, but Fischer said the park has done much to enhance the youth culture in Louisville.
Armstrong’s motto during his tenure as mayor was “Louisville is a great place to live, work and play.”
The park — owned by Louisville Metro Government and operated by Metro Parks — is open 24 hours a day.