For over 20 years area skaters have been pushing for a new skate park after the City Park half pipe ramp was taken down in the 1980s. Thursday afternoon that dream finally came together.
"I'm extremely proud," said Downtown Development Taskforce chairman Chad Mildren. "It's turned out wonderful, as you can tell with all the kids here skating today, it's been well received."
Mildren went on to thank a long list of contributors that funded this project including The McDonough Foundation, Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal, Mary Riccobene, and United Bank just to name a few. "It was a cross the board community effort. It wasn't easy in these economic times, but somehow, some way, we found a way to make it happen."
Though Thursday was the official grand opening, construction of the park was completed a week prior and since then 15-20 skaters could been seen at any given time already making use of the park.
"They really didn't have a legal place to skate, plus this is designed by them, they helped raise the money to build it and this is their place," Mildren said.