Facility’s approval driven by eager youth
The city of Wyoming has embraced a youth-driven plan for a skate park in Goodview Park. The project’s first tangible step took place last Thursday as ground broke for the $150,000 facility.
Youth yet this summer will be skating, rollerblading and biking on the state-of-the-art park designed by industry leader Spohn Ranch Skateparks.
The youth also impressed city leaders by raising funds for the project.
“It just shows that you don’t have to be an adult to get something done,” Park Board member Bob Beynon said at the groundbreaking. “You can be a kid who just has a goal and an idea and make it happen. Thank you, guys.”
The project also received support from the Hallberg Family Foundation, the Forest Lake Rotary Club, First State Bank of Wyoming, Security Victor Insurance, Polaris and Knife River. Park development fees will cover the rest.
In addition to ramps, stairs and railings, park users will skate over the design of an upright stagecoach wheel. The element pays tribute to the city’s annual celebration, Stagecoach Days.
The park will connect to other areas of Goodview Park via a paved trail. Construction will also include a covered gazebo with picnic tables adjacent to the skate park.
The following is the letter from Wyoming youth Brandon Russell that got the ball rolling in the skate park discussion:
City of Wyoming,
Skateboarding has become one of the most popular action sports for kids today. Us skateboarders honestly think a skate park would be more than necessary for the city of Wyoming. Skate parks provide a safe and fun place for skateboarders, rollerbladers and bikers to recreate. Skate parks also help kids to get outside and be active, along with them learning a new skill with their friends.
The most common problem with skateboarding today is kids skateboarding in other people’s property. Many small businesses don’t appreciate skateboarders doing tricks in their parking lots and hopping down their stairs and loading docks. When kids are skateboarding in the street they are at risk of getting hit by cars. Some skateboarders can’t even skate on their own streets because of the poor condition and the chip-sealed roads.