Helen McCall Skate Park will soon be a reality

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - People living in South Walton can expect to see a new addition to HelenMcCall Park soon.

Helen McCall Park is getting an upgrade that will benefit local kids. (WJHG/WECP)

At Tuesday's Walton County Board of County Commissioners meeting, $460,000 was set aside to help complete the Helen McCall Skate Park.

Local kids say they're looking forward to having a skate park.

"After school, I would skate. It'd give me something to do instead of sitting inside and skating in the streets and all that," said John Schwartzenberg.

Right now at Helen McCall Park, there's a playground, splash pad, and several athletic fields, but with the addition of a skate park, kids will have more options and opportunities to get outside and play.

"Where I used to live we had skate parks and it just, like, brought everyone together and we'd have like little competitions and stuff, so it should be really fun," said Zach McCorry.

Commissioner Tony Anderson says having more facilities for youth sports is important as more families move to Walton County.

"The more kids that come, the more places they need to play. And I've been working real hard on that along with the other commissioners, so we're dedicated to having enough sports activities for kids, and not only in South Walton but all throughout Walton County," said Anderson.

Walton County recently bought 10 acres near Helen McCall Park. With that land, Anderson says they want to expand the park by adding three athletic fields and a road off of Highway 393.

Walton County has yet to start the bidding process for the skate park, but construction is estimated to start in January 2020.

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