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How Should The Logan Square Skate Park Be Renovated? Weigh In At Town Hall This Week

The skate park committee wants community input as it raises money for renovations, which are expected to cost at least $1.7 million.

A rendering of the Logan Boulevard skate park.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Neighbors are encouraged to weigh in on a plan to renovate the dilapidated Logan Boulevard Skate Park at a public meeting this week as park advocates work on securing funding to make the ambitious project a reality.

The community-led Logan Boulevard Skate Park Committee is hosting a town hall 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Haas Park, 2402 N. Washtenaw Ave., to update neighbors on the status of the renovation project and collect community feedback. The meeting is organized in coordination with the Haas Park Advisory Council and the Park District.

Skateboarders and park advocates have raised concerns about the dangerous and unsanitary condition of the Logan Boulevard Skate Park, 2430 W. Logan Blvd., for years. The popular skate park has damaged ramps and a rat and pigeon problem, among other issues.

The Park District agreed last year to make short-term repairs to the skate park at the committee’s urging. But the group has since launched its own effort to completely overhaul the park.

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The renovation is expected to cost at least $1.7 million, said Logan Laurie, longtime skater and committee chair.

The group has secured $100,000 from Sen. Cristina H. Pacione-Zayas and another $10,000 in donations, Laurie said. The group hopes to bring in more substantial financial support from other city and state officials in the coming months, he said.

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A wooden skate ramp with a piece missing at Logan Boulevard Skate Park.

Pacione-Zayas, state Rep. Will Guzzardi and Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st) are expected to attend the meeting, Laurie said. The skate park is located in Ald. Scott Waguespack’s 32nd Ward, but under the new ward map it will move to what will be La Spata’s territory if he’s reelected.

The committee has enlisted Spohn Ranch Skatepark to design the park. Neighbors will get a chance to give feedback on the company’s drawings at the town hall and in a survey, Laurie said.

The Park District is working collaboratively with community groups on the project, Park District spokeswoman Irene Tostado said. The city agency’s financial contribution will be determined “upon completion and approval of a final project,” Tostado said.

The group also needs approval from the Illinois Department of Transportation, as the skate park property is owned by the state agency, Tostado said.

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Wednesday’s town hall is the second public meeting held to discuss the renovation. The first meeting was held in November 2021.

The Logan Boulevard Skate Park was built in 2007 after many years of negotiation between advocates, neighbors, the Park District and city and state agencies.

Unlike the city’s other skate parks, Logan is open-year round because the expressway shields it from rain and snow. 

With the town hall, the group hopes to raise awareness about the renovation and entice benefactors, Laurie said.

“We spent a lot of time communicating the need. But now, once we get the designs [solidified] and the site surveyed … it’s purely raising money,” he said.

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