New skatepark coming to FAMU Way

Preliminary concept of new skatepark. Photo courtesy Team Pain

A new skate park designed by Team Pain Skateparks is making its future appearance in Tallahassee on the northeast corner of FAMU Way and Pinellas Street.

A video that surfaced on Facebook last Friday showed the preliminary design of the park and shared information about the two public meetings for input. The first meeting was held Wednesday, Nov. 18, via the GoToMeetMe app.

To begin the meeting, Autumn Calder, the director at Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency, introduced Tim Payne and his company, Team Pain, who will be responsible for creating the park.

“Team Pain is a Florida based skatepark design build specialist company, and they are leading this park project with Blueprint,” Calder said. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have them be a part of the team.”

Team Pain is a Florida based skatepark specialist with a history of building custom skate structures, concrete skate park and indoor wood facilities. Their company attempts to gain advice from the local skating community to create an one-of-a-kind facility. Past projects include skateparks in Lakeland, FL, Breckenridge, CO, Apex, NC, and Tallahassee’s skatepark on Jackson Bluff Road.

According to the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency’s website, the preliminary concept includes several areas with different elements to skate, curved banks, rails, leisurely seating and a restroom. At the meeting, Tim Payne, founder of Team Pain, shared the biggest feature in their preliminary concept.

“We envision — what would be more perfect than the FAMU snake in the snake run,” Payne said. 

The noticeable highlight of the park is their snake run, which features a large rattlesnake in the center. The snake run is designed to pay homage to Florida A&M University, but it is also a popular feature that is unavailable in Tallahassee’s skateparks.

“A typical snake run is a long and winding path that flows downhill and contains undulating, transitional turns and hips,” the website stated. “There usually are multiple changes in elevation, making each turn or hip slightly different.”

Besides its architectural highlights, the park plans to include art from local artists, a graffiti wall and historic installations to honor the local neighborhoods and civil rights advocates. Team Pain is open to hearing any criticism, suggestions and ideas for the park via this survey.

The skatepark is estimated to be finished in Fall 2021.