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Name That Skate Park

City polling public for names now through April 9

By Chase Hoffberger, 11:45AM, Fri. Jan. 10

A BMX biker gets big air at the Shoal Creek Skate/BMX Park's 2011 opening.
A BMX biker gets big air at the Shoal Creek Skate/BMX Park's 2011 opening.
photo by Richard Whittaker

The City of Austin needs to give that BMX and Skate Park on Shoal Creek Boulevard a name. It would greatly appreciate your help. Thus, beginning Jan. 9, the city’s Parks and Recreation department is accepting nominations for an identifier to be attached to the concrete plaza-like space housed between Austin Community College and House Park.

The sprawling 30,000 square foot facility opened in 2011 with a bowl, half-pipe, ramps, and grinding boxes, and has thus spent its entire existence sans name, operating solely as “That BMX park on Shoal Creek” as it yearns for proper identity. In a press release issued yesterday, the City made known that the facilities naming ordinance allows for the park to take on the name of an individual or “something other than an individual such as a place or natural feature, like “the BMX Park on Shoal Creek.”

Any nominations for specific individuals must come accompanied by a biographical sketch or description of the individual’s involvement in the community and subsequent connection, if any, to the Austin park system. If one wishes to submit a nomination for “a place or natural feature,” said submission must arrive in tandem with appropriate justification for its nomination. Which is to say that the city may be trying to avoid a second standoff with Austin's more impertinent residents.

Last time Austin played the name game with the public, it turned into a stinky situation. Recall, if you will, the Feb. 2011 quest to rename Solid Waste Services, an endeavor that opened with overwhelming public support for something called the Fred Durst Society of the Humanities and Arts, a reference to the beleaguered Limp Bizkit lead singer, and ended with something far more boring: the Austin Resource Recovery System.

Voting opened yesterday and runs through 5pm on April 9. All applications must be submitted to the Parks and Recreation Department. You can either call that in at 512-974-9458, or go online, or download a form and snail mail it to Planning and Development’s Gregory Montes at 919 W. 28 1/2 Street, Austin, Texas 78705.

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