A skatepark in Panama City Beach will open next year

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) – Skaters won’t have to wait long for a state-of-the-art park to get their boards rolling.

A month ago, the board considered applying for grants to cover the full $2 million cost. But at Tuesday’s commission meeting, the board decided to go ahead without a grant.

Current design plans for the Panama City Beach Sports Complex will be combined with Parks and TDC funds.

Chairman Robert Carroll said the shared facility is the perfect place and they want to innovate in this multi-million dollar park soon.

“We got it in the budget, but still if you have the ability to use grants, we can take our money and use it for something else,” Carroll said. “But we could wait and wait and wait, but it would keep pushing the box down the road. And at that time, those children who want to skate will be their children who know how to skate. It is therefore time to move forward.

Plans and agreements will now go through Bay County’s purchasing department before contractors are given the go-ahead.

Once they start, they will have 365 days to complete the skate park.

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