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Skateboarders, supporters, present park proposals

By Staff | May 15, 2008

There is strength in numbers as evidenced when a cordial group of youth, parents and interested adults attended the May meeting of the Estherville Parks and Recreation Board to present information on skate park proposals and fundraising ideas.

While the P&R board members applauded the efforts of the Skate Estherville Board Monday evening, they reminded the contingent that a project of this magnitude takes time and needs to be incorporated into the board’s five-year plan.

Spokesperson Niki Origer said the youth need to have a safe place to skate board.

Another proponent, Lisa Loftis expressed her admiration of the kids who have attended every skateboard planning meeting. “The kids have been 100 percent supportive and this (skatepark) will be good for the community in the long-term.”

There were two proposals presented with one listed at $157,538. The second was $100,000 less and estimated at $56,975.

It appeared the skate park supporters preferred the less expensive plan that has been adopted and is operational in Hampton, Ia.

The group told the board they know the reality of the project will take time. Plans were shared on how some fundraising will be conducted.

The group also will contact the Excel!Estherville group for support and hope to have a booth at Sweet Corn Daze in August. It is anticipated the youth will give a demonstration during the festivities for residents to enjoy the talents and agile stunts.

The option of creating a skate park “piece by piece” was also shared with the board.

Director Dave Spurgin directed they revisit the board closer to that time when the board prepares its budget and five-year plan to include the skate park dream.

Chairman Wayne King told the group, “The park board is behind you.”

In other matters, the board:

n OK’d the motion to raise youth baseball and softball fees for the summer of 2009. The fees will be $15 per person and $25 per family.

n Received an update pool deck project currently under way. Despite a few surprises, Spurgin said the work is progressing smoothly.

n Learned passes for the swimming pool are available for sale. Family pass is $40; adult, $20; and students, 17 years of age and younger, $15. The P&R office is open Monday-Friday, 7:30-4:30 p.m.

n Considered and approved a request for the use of Library Square complete with bleachers and picnic tables for the 2008 Relay For Life event slated for Saturday, June 7.

n Approved a request to have beer at the Sanborn Shelter for a retirement party being planned by Greg Langford.