Archive for Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Donations trickle in for new skate park

June 20, 2001

The idea of a skate park in Tonganoxie became concrete when local teen-agers presented the idea to the city council last month.

Now, it's a matter of raising funds and finding a location for the park.

Finances are a main objective. Luke Stevens, a Tonganoxie Junior High School student who is a major proponent of the park, said money so far has come in the form of donations.

"Himpel Lumber donated $100, and my parents donated $500," Stevens said.

Fellow park proponent Kyle Wedd said the youths have been meeting with designers from the Topeka and Lawrence skate parks.

The city council, meanwhile, is looking into possible sites for the park and cost sharing. After a presentation by several area youths, including Stevens, the city council lent its support to the project.

Mayor John Franiuk said the council and City Administrator Chris Clark are actively seeking a site and are working with BG Consultants, the city's engineer, in that matter.

Possible sites include an area on the west side of the VFW Park, an open area southeast of the high school, and a site east of Glen's Opry that has a large concrete slab. Stevens said that site would involve some clean up.

Franiuk said that he wants the park to be a reality, and that Stevens and Wedd should have a major part in establishing the skate park.

"We want them to have a strong influence in the fund-raising and layout of the park," Franiuk said.

The next city council meeting is next Monday.

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