City council supports teen-agers’ plan for skate park
Several Tonganoxie Junior High students had to wait about three hours Monday to speak to city council members, but the time was worthwhile.
The youths walked away with the council's blessing to continue working on establishing a skate park in Tonganoxie.
"I think it's a good idea," said Janet Angell, council president.
Luke Stevens, representing the boys, told council members that they'd circulated petitions in support of the park, collecting 495 signatures.
Stevens said he talked with recreation officials in Lawrence who told him the price of their skate park was about $119,800. He distributed photographs taken at the Lawrence park, where bicycles, rollerblades and skateboards are allowed.
Council members suggested that the boys investigate fund-raising possibilities.
Stevens said it's possible some school district land could be used for the park.
Mayor John Franiuk told the youngsters it's possible the city's recreation commission could secure a grant to cover part of the cost of a park.
City Administrator Chris Clark offered to work with the youths on size requirements and investigate liability issues.
"Fellas, why don't you give us a chance to work on this," the mayor asked.
Council members offered suggestions of companies that might be willing to help construct the park, bringing down the costs. And council members commended the youths on their thoroughness and initiative.
"I think this is probably do-able," the mayor said. "Anything we can do to help, let us know."