Facility at Wyoming’s Goodview Park an early hit
As sure as second-period algebra, grinding the rails at Wyoming’s new skate park quickly became a hot after-school fad as classes began last week.
Space has been tight at the Goodview Avenue Skatepark, with up to 40 regulars riding skateboards, bikes and scooters over railings, ramps and stairs at the facility in Goodview Park.
Local youth sparked the idea for bringing a skate park to Wyoming. Ground broke in May, construction wrapped up in August, and an official grand opening will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday as part of Stagecoach Days.
“All the kids for the longest time wanted to get something like this. To have it is sweet; everyone’s excited, as you can tell,” said Cameron Janke, a 16-year-old from Wyoming who was among the youth who helped secure support from the community for the park.
Janke and his friends, while using the skate park last Thursday, said it has brought segments of the community together. They like to get their runs in quickly after school because the park has been flooded by younger children once the elementary schools get out.
Janke said he occasionally heard negative feedback and stereotypes about the park’s potential users. Forest Lake’s former facility was closed several years ago due to repeated vandalism. Janke harbors no such concerns. Wyoming’s new facility is located in the open, he said, and children as young as kindergartners are often present. Also, it’s a point of community pride.
The $150,000 project received financial backing from local businesses and organizations. The city of Wyoming also tapped into park dedication fees.