Skate park breaks ground, more money raised

Published on Thu, Nov 20, 2003 by Rebecca Schwarz Kopf

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Skate park breaks ground, more money raised

By Rebecca Schwarz Kopf

More than 75 people stood in the drizzling rain and winds during Saturday afternoon�s ground breaking ceremony at the Blaine skate park site. And even more showed up for an auction later that night, raising an additional $3,500 for the park.

�We have received so much support from the community,� said Blaine officer Jon Landis, liaison to the Blaine Extreme Sports Club (BESC). �It�s been really incredible and we�re looking forward to getting this park built. The kids are always asking me �when will it be done?� This has been a long time in the works.�

The 120-foot by 80-foot park will be built behind city hall and the police station, a location that is being leased by the BESC from the city of Blaine.

�I was driving back to the station one day, and I passed this spot, and I said �we can have the park here. It�s right next to the police station so we can keep an eye on all the kids,�� Landis said, the crowd laughing.

The skate part is being constructed at a cost of $15,000, with the help from local companies including Colacurcio Brothers helping with construction, as well as Bob Cazabon, Pat Kramme Construction, Jon Wood and Doug Binder Construction. Without the financial help from the community and businesses, the park would have cost between $35,000 and $40,000.

In addition to local support from the community, the park has also received a heads up from professional skateboarder Tony Hawk.

�The Tony Hawk Foundation gave us $5,000,� Landis said, noting Blaine was the first park to benefit from the foundation. �When Tony called my house, my son answered the phone and was like amazed.�

The grand opening of the park should occur sometime this spring, likely in April or May. �Tony Hawk said he may show if we give him good notice,� Landis said. �That would be real exciting for the kids.�

Once completed, the park will also feature a barbeque pit and picnic tables to provide for a family atmosphere. The apple trees that are currently there will have to be removed; however, more fruit trees � apple and pear � will be planted around the park.

�When the project is complete the kids will not only have a place to practice and play, but also a local spot for competitions and training sessions, and a place for families to enjoy,� he said. �I�m really proud of the community for coming together to make this a reality. The skill these kids have is amazing. It�s one of the safest sports, and currently there is no area for them to practice, there�s no safe place to ride.�

To send a donation to the Blaine Extreme Sports Club, send to: P.O. Box 3361, Blaine, WA 98231 or deposit money into the group�s account at Sterling Savings Bank.

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