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A half-pipe dream

By Staff | Jun 18, 2010

Dreams of a skate park have danced in the heads of Estherville youth for many a year.

But the dream didn’t start becoming a reality until late 2007 and as of this month, Estherville can boast its own spot for the high-flying crowd.

The Estherville Parks and Recreation Board, Skate Estherville and others who helped make the dream happen gathered for the official grand opening and the site at the South 15th Street Park behind the tennis courts.

Prior to the ribbon-cutting, Parks and Recreation Director Dave Spurgin gave a brief synopsis of how the park came to be.

October 2007

Cole Reiter gets some air on this jump at the new skate park. EDN photo by David Swartz

A group interested in constructing a skate park for Estherville approached the city council with the idea. The group was referred to the Parks and Recreation Board.

March 2008

The group organized and called themselves Skate Estherville.

May 22, 2008. The first fundraiser for the project took place during Chuck Wagon Day.?More fundraising occurred during the summer at the Emmet County Fair and Estherville’s Sweet Corn Days.

January 2009

Funding for this park was included in the Excel! Estherville budget.

March 2009

A 2009 community survey commissioned by the Parks and Recreation Board showed adding a skate park scored highly. The board makes the construction of the park a reality.

January 2010

The Parks and Recreation Board includes money for a skate park in its capital improvements request and Excel! Estherville follows suit for the second consecutive year.

March 2010

A $5,000 Tony Hawk grant was received

Skate Estherville awards the project to American Ramp Company.

June 2010

Skate park opens!

Spurgin thanked several individuals and groups for their help: Gene Haukoos, Nikki Origer, Lisa Loftis, Kim Steffes, Excel! Estherville, the Tony Hawk Foundation, the Estherville Parks and Recreation Board and Skate Estherville.

Not done yet

Nikki Origer has said that Skate Estherville will continue to hold fundraisers so more pieces can be added to the skate park in the future.