The H. Odell Weeks Activities Center's skate park is back on the market after multiple failed attempts to secure a successful sale.
In October, Odell Weeks closed the skate park because too few people were utilizing it. Signs indicating closure and no trespass are still taped on the wire fence, with thick chains and padlocks holding the fencing together.
Kim Coleman, recreation superintendent with City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism, said the park was put on a real property bidding website twice, but both bids fell through.
“We thought we had two buyers for it and both had fallen through,” Coleman said. “It's why we've decided to put it out another time.”
For some time, the skate park averaged about seven to 10 visitors per week, totaling roughly 1,500 guests per year. The skate park's expenses exceeded its revenue, which led to its closure.
The park cost roughly $115,000 to build, according to a 2004 Aiken Standard article, and was funded with Capital Projects Sales Tax money.
Located behind Odell Weeks at 1700 Whiskey Road, the park had a strict policy when it first opened for on-site staff due to insurance requirements.
“We got to a point where we left a sign up, and we took the staff members from outside to inside,” Coleman told Aiken Standard in October. “We had them work the phones, helping with other customers. So if an individual wanted to skate, they would come inside and pay, and then a member of the staff would go outside with them.”
As of Thursday, the skate park is back on www.govdeals.com, a government surplus auction website. Bidding is open for two weeks.
Coleman said Odell Weeks is ready to move on with the park and acquire a bidder.
“If we can get some local use out of it, I'm all for it,” Coleman said.
To bid on the skate park, visit www.govdeals.com and search for “2007 Rhino Skate Park.”
Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. An Atlanta native, she has a mass communications-journalism degree from the University of North Carolina Asheville.