The Grindline Concrete Skatepark in Hapeville.

COVINGTON — Newton County skateboarding enthusiasts could have a new destination come mid-summer following approval of a contract with Grindline Concrete Skatepark.

The Board of Commissioners approved a design/build contract totaling $189,875 for a skatepark at Denny Dobbs Park on Ga. Highway 212 in western Newton County. The contract with Grindline allocates $29,875 for pre-construction and design and $160,000 for construction.

The park, which is currently in the design phase, is expected to be completed in July.

Funding for the facility will come from 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenues earmarked for parks in District 2.

Grindline Concrete Skatepark, based in Seattle, specializes in planning, design and construction of cast in place concrete skateparks. The company has built skateparks throughout the country, including at least two in Georgia — one in Hapeville and another in Atlanta.

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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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