For the skateboarders of McKinney, the long wait is over as the Gabe Nesbitt Skate Park opened on April 20.

McKinney can now boast being home to one of the largest skate parks in the state of Texas. The park has elements for all skill levels, including three bowls, street elements and roughly 30,000 square feet of concrete and shaded seating for spectators. For comparison, The Edge in Allen is almost 38,000 square feet, which is the largest in the state.

The Skate Park is located at 7001 Eldorado Pkwy. It is the latest development in the large community park that is also home to The Courts tennis complex, John and Judy Gay Library, the McKinney Green Garden and fields for baseball and softball.

The park has been in the works since being a part of Proposition 1 in the May 2010 election. Proposition 1 called for the issuance of $12.5 million in general obligation bonds for park and recreational facilities, including land acquisition, construction, improvements and expansion. The measure passed with over 70% of the votes cast.

The park was designed by New Line Skateparks in cooperation with SPA Skateparks. Area skateboarders also had input in the design through focus groups. Click here to read about the park from SPA Skateparks. Click here to read about the park from New Line Skateparks. The video above can be found on YouTube.

McKinney Magazine included a story in the June 2012 issue about the Skate Park in an article entitled “New Parks on The Horizon in McKinney.”

Photo courtesy of McKinney Convention & Visitor's Bureau