“I’ve been looking forward to this park for 30 years,” Lytle said. “I frequent other parks in the region on the weekends. Food Lion Park in Asheville has been my ‘hometown’ park for the last 15 years. It will be nice to have somewhere to skate in my own back yard.” Lytle has been instrumental in organizing the skater community. He started attending the city’s Recreation Advisory Commission meetings almost two years ago and has been building public support for the new skate park ever since. Lytle has worked to keep the local skaters informed about the project and to get them to attend the city’s public meetings. “As I understand it, the average time it takes for a group to organize and make a skate park happen is three to five years, so the city and the Parks and Recreation Department stepped up quick and made this happen,” Lytle said. “The process altogether went incredibly smooth.
And LISTEN HERE for a recent podcast episode featuring the park.