skate park: first work phase
The Blaine skate park is slowly becoming a reality, as a construction crew began digging up the site Wednesday afternoon.
The crew started work on the �dig-out� phase, clearing the ground in preparation for the laying of the concrete. The 8,200 square-foot skate park is being constructed on the grassy plot just behind Blaine city hall and near the Blaine police station. The land is being leased from the city of Blaine.
Fundraising for the skate park project has been in the works for over two years now, Blaine police officer Jon Landis said, who is liaison to the group Blaine Extreme Sports Club. �It�s nice to see this happening,� he said. �The kids have been waiting for a long time.�
The Blaine Extreme Sports Club continues to fund-raise, and has so far collected $20,000 in donations and grants, including $5,000 from the Tony Hawk Foundation; Blaine was the first skate park in the state to receive a grant from the foundation. However, the total cost to build the park stands at $50,000. The next fundraising project is to sell sponsor signs that will be posted at the park, Landis said. A four-foot chain link fence will be constructed around the park, and a four-foot by two-foot sign, as well as a two-foot by one-foot sign will be placed on the fence bearing the names of those who sponsored them. The larger sign is available for $1,000 and the smaller sign for $500.
The club, Landis said, is starting a letter writing and telephone calling campaign this week. If you would like to be a sponsor, call Landis at 332-9394 or Dori Binder at 371-5038. Donations can be sent to: Blaine Extreme Sports Club, P.O. Box 3361, Blaine, WA 98231.