Monday Jun 16 2008
Greenwood strives to get skateboard park
By: Bruce Warren Journal Staff Writer
Local businesses in the Greenwood area have raised more than $10,000 for a proposed skateboarding park, but the Georgetown Divide Recreation District needs $175,000 to start construction. “We’re looking at a Greenwood regional park facility right now, which is undeveloped,” said Carl Clark, general manager of the Georgetown Divide Recreation District. “We are also considering other facilities, because funding has run short.” Labor, cement and other building materials would be the main expenses, according to Clark. Several area businesses have supported the drive to get donations. However, even when enough funds are raised, the work cannot be done by just any contractor. “It’s a specialty project, so you just can’t get your run-of- the-mill contractor, because you have to have special ramps constructed,” Clark said. The business Cool Stuff, run by Bobby and Daisy Eisenberg, has actually made deposits into the fund, which has now reached more than $10,000, according to Clark. While the necessary funds still need to be raised to construct the skate park, the House of Prayer Full Gospel Church off of Highway 193, out of Garden Valley, is in the process of putting a skateboarding facility on its property. The Georgetown Divide Recreation District has even provided some half-pipe ramps that were in storage for that project. “It’s not set up completely yet,” said Pastor Rick Hoskins. “We have to make some adaptations to make it safe for the kids.” The church plans to have the facility open to the public in about one month, Hoskins said. Already, money has been donated to purchase helmets and other safety equipment. Skate ramps for two different age groups will be on the site, as church volunteers work to make some ramps safer for younger children. Pastor Hoskins thinks these ramp sites will help provide some entertainment for area youngsters. “I’ve been here for 19 years and there’s just nothing for young people to do here,” Pastor Hoskins said. The Journal’s Bruce Warren can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment online at AuburnJournal.com.