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FORT WORTH (KDAF) — After more than five years of planning, Dickies Skate Plaza will begin construction at Fire Station Plaza at Fort Worth.

Those responsible for the facilitation of this project hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at Fire Station Park to celebrate the beginning of the construction phase, where they said seeing the project move forward is motivating.

“Having these kinds of celebrations, where all of the people who have been working on these things for so long can come to celebrate the move forward (and the ribbon-cutting hopefully in the future) is a great morale booster; especially in these times where we haven’t been gathered in a long time,” Ann Zedah, Fort Worth city council representative for District 9, said. “It’s good to come together.”

Construction of the plaza is scheduled to begin early this year and is expected to be complete by October.

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According to the city, a $300,00 donation from VF Foundation, the philanthropic department Dickies parent company VF Corp., will allow work on the skate plaza to begin.

“Fire Station Park is a shining example of a community working together, devoted to creating a park that reflects the desires of the residents,” Park & Recreation Department Director Richard Zavala, said in a statement. “The City of Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department is fortunate to partner with a number of neighborhoods across the city that are committed to improving our park system.”

The construction of this skate plaza has been a joint effort from Near Southside, Inc., the City of Fort Worth and Fort Worth-based workwear brand Dickies.

City officials say the 15,000-square-foot skate plaza will feature elements for skaters of all levels. The plaza will also include a market plaza, community green, dog park and 5,000-square-foot all-wheel track. To learn more about the history of this project, click here.