(clipped from: http://www.flcities.com/membership/innovations_recreation.asp)
On February 24, 2001, the City of North Port dedicated a skateboard park after receiving ideas from area youngsters on how they wanted it designed. The contract for the park was awarded to a world-renowned skateboard park builder, for a 13,500-square-foot park at $213,700. A partnership between the city, Sarasota County, The Venice Foundation and concerned citizens helped to pay for it. Skaters from as far away as Lakeland, Tampa and Naples come to North Port to skate in the park, and a beginners park is also planned for spring 2002.