It's located at Sagner Park, which is also undergoing a name change.
A new skate park in Frederick is being named for a former city official. The Board of Aldermen on Thursday night will take a vote on a proposal to name a skateboard park at Sagner Park after one-time Police Chief Kim Dine. It will be known formally as the Chief Kim C. Dine Police Activities League Skate Park.
Michelle Bowman, the Community Outreach Activist for the Frederick Police Department, says it was envisioned by former Chief Dine that the kids have a place in Downtown Frederick to skateboard. "We have a lot of kids skateboarding downtown on property that's not meant for skateboarding. So we wanted to give the kids a place to go," she says.
"So we worked with the city to get them to agree to let us change over one of the basketball courts in what's currently named Sagner Park into a free skate park for kids," Bowman says. But she says it will also be open to adults, who like to skateboard.
The backup material for Thursday night's vote says the Police Activities League worked to secure funding from the Community Development Block Grant Program. Bowman says a formal opening of the Chief Kim C. Dine Skate Park is scheduled for next Thursday afternoon.
Kim Dine came to the Frederick Police Department in 2003, after many years with the Metropolitan Washington DC Police Department. He served as Police Chief in Frederick until 2012, when he took over the position as Chief of the US Capitol Police.
Because Chief Kim Dine was well regarded in Frederick, Bowman doesn't see any problems with the Board of Aldermen approving a proposal to name the skate park after the city's former top cop. "I've not gotten anybody with any reservations of it. So it should go through with no problem at all," she says.
The Board of Aldermen will also vote Thursday night on a motion to re-name Sagner Park as Lucas Village Park. Bowman says the neighborhood has changed its name from Sagner to Lucas Village.