On July 16, Houston City Councilmember Dave Martin led the ribbon cutting ceremony at Dylan Duncan Skatepark to celebrate completed improvements and renovations.
“The request for improvements was brought to the attention of Councilmember Martin in early 2019 and Martin was honored to use $49,332 of his council district service funds to make the necessary renovations which will improve safety as well as maximize enjoyment for parkgoers,” said Jessica Beemer, representative for Martin’s office.
During his brief remarks at the ceremony, Martin said, “We still have work that we are undertaking; we are replacing the sign, the water fountain, the painting, etc. The Houston Parks Department has been very instrumental in accomplishing what is here today, including not only improvements to safety, but also the satisfaction children have with this park … it is nice to see an active park in the summertime in Kingwood.”
“It was originally named the Kingwood Skatepark and it was the first skate park built by the City of Houston in 2004 and it was renamed the Dylan Duncan Skatepark in 2006,” said Martin.
Martin made sure to explain the origins of the park’s name and legacy. He said, “Nancy Harper (Dylan’s mother) had this vision as a way to honor her son. Dylan now would be 27. My son Michael is now 26 … I remember him playing baseball with Dylan.”
Martin was referring to Dylan Duncan, a former Kingwood-area resident and skater who passed away at the age of 13 in 2005.
Harper attended the ceremony and cut the ribbon alongside Martin. She said, “Duncan passed away due to a small-airplane crash; he was an avid skater and came to this park all the time. After the accident, I wanted to have a memory of him. I had a petition go around and we named it the Dylan Duncan Skatepark … we did the dedication in 2007. It is awesome to see kids using this park … I like the renovations and the kids seem to like them as well.”
“It is a great privilege for us to honor the legacy of a man like this,” added Martin.
The aforementioned renovations include “updating and installing new equipment, recoating surfaces throughout the park, adding barriers and removing panels, power washing and painting gazebos, and various other repairs as needed,” said Beemer.