Project Update: Spindale Flow Park

The word is out!

The Town of Spindale is soon- to- be home to Rutherford County's newest recreation space: The Spindale Flow Park (working name). The region's first skatepark and pump track is being built in Downtown Spindale, at the intersection of East Main and Steward Streets on 1.6 acres of land generously donated by the Spindale United Methodist Church. The proximity of the Flow Park to Downtown Spindale and the Thermal Belt Rail Trail is an excellent opportunity to bring a new user group to downtown and the TBRT.

"What sets this skatepark apart is the location --- halfway between East and West Main Streets. It's unique to have a park like this located in the center of downtown, directly on the Thermal Belt Rail Trail."

-Alex Gotherman, Director of Design at Destination by Design (DbD)

The Town of Spindale has contracted with DbD, a Boone-based planning and design firm, to oversee the project. The American Ramp Company, a national leader in skatepark design, will be responsible for the final design and construction of the skatepark and pump track.

Since the original plans were released in March of 2022, the site layout and preliminary grading plan have been completed, along with initial branding and visual identity. Additionally, early plans for furnishings and landscaping have been released.

New additions to the plans include combined skatepark features and an open plaza, a staircase with bleacher seating, and lower single stall restroom (in addition to the two-stall restroom already called for in the additional plan).

The Spindale Flow Park is funded by investments from Meta and the RHI Legacy Foundation, as well as monies from the Town of Spindale TDA Fund, Spindale TDA match, Rutherford Bound/ Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority, and the Parks & Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF).

The Town of Spindale was awarded the $425,000 PARTF Grant in August of 2022 to build the skatepark and pump track and assist with achieving the following goals:

  • Create a destination-quality, stand alone recreation asset along the Thermal Belt Rail Trail (TBRT).
  • Expand and enhance amenities that improve the user experience along the TBRT.
  • Promote physical, mental, and social wellness.
  • Promote economic development by attracting community members and visitors onto the Main Street Corridor of Spindale.

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