Tobey Park is home to Memphis’ first neighborhood skate park. Designed by Wormhoudt Inc. and Memphis-based Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates Inc., the close to $600,000 skate park was funded out of the City of Memphis’ capital improvement projects budget, through a request that was originally approved by the Memphis City Council during the 2009 fiscal year. Wormhoudt Design out of Santa Cruz, CA was the original designer of the first skate park in California back in 1964. Ken Wormhoudt, a landscape architect, designed the first acclaimed skate park at Derby Park in Santa Cruz, CA. His son Zach, now the owner of Wormhoudt Design, was the Specialty Designer of the Memphis Skatepark, working with Memphis-based Askew Hargraves Harcourt and Assoc. , a multi-disciplinary design firm.
The park has plenty for skaters and cyclists of all levels including: two big bowls, plenty of ramps and rails, stairs, snake run and the now infamous Memphis Wave, that allows the daredevils to defy gravity. The park is located directly behind the Board of Education (at Central and Hollywood). It's free and open from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the fall and winter and from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. during the spring and summer. Open to all ages, but skaters must play at their own risk. Protective gear is recommended for adults, and kids under the age of 12 are required to wear protective gear (knee pads, elbow pads and a helmet) and be accompanied by an adult.
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