Brownwood City Council members took the first step Tuesday toward bringing a skate park to the city.

Council members approved a $2,500 expenditure to American Ramp Co. of Joplin, Mo. for design work for a potential park to be built in Mayes Park, off Austin Avenue near East Elementary School, by July 2016.

The design work will include a meeting company representatives will have with local skaters to hear input on what skaters want in a park. The park will be open to skates, skateboards and BMX bicycles, Parks and Recreation Director David Withers said.

There is $100,000 approved for the project from Brown County Water Improvement District Buy-In funds, council members approved. The city will build a 100-foot-by-50-foot concrete slab, renovate the existing restrooms and build a sidewalk.

Equipment from American Ramp will allow the city to provide a larger skate park area with a concrete slab and metal ramps, versus a total concrete skate parks, which is more costly and labor intensive, council members were told.

Research into the different types of skate parks began with councilman H.D. Jones, City Manager Emily Crawford and Withers, council members were told.