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Building a skatepark

September 6, 2012
By STACEY KUKKONEN - DMG writer (skukkonen@mininggazette.com) , The Daily Mining Gazette

LAKE LINDEN - When a need for a skatepark was recognized in Lake Linden, officials quickly jumped at providing one for the many youth who would use one.

Wednesday, the village of Lake Linden completed installation of a large skate ramp at the Lake Linden Park to bring more youth activities to the area, said village clerk Bob Poirier.

"The village and volunteers have constructed two skatepark structures," he said.

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Stacey Kukkonen/Daily Mining Gazette
Lake Linden village crew member Andrew Goldsworthy pieces together a skate ramp located at the Lake Linden Park.

Purchased with a grant from the Keweenaw Community Foundation, officials in the village were able to construct the two skate ramps for youth to use in the non-snowy months.

A few weeks ago, a smaller structure with a grind rail was put in place in the village park on a cement slab near the marina.

Wednesday, the project was completed with the addition of a second, larger ramp.

Poirier, who solicited funds and supervised the construction, said skateboarders use different structures around town to skateboard, even if the location is not approved for skateboarding.

"They definitely needed a place," he said.

Council members came together with the community youth and the village crew to create two wooden structures capable of allowing many skaters.

"They didn't have a formal place to go," he said. "This works out well for everybody."

Poirier said the skatepark is manageable, being right in the village park, and officials can control the hours of operation. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The structures were modified by input from local youth, and together thousands of screws were driven by skateboarders to complete this first stage of the skateboard park. The plans for the bigger structure were found online and consist of two ramps with a platform and a grind rail.

"It's 22 feet long and 8 feet wide," he said.

Both are made out of treated lumber, he said, and local youth have developed ownership and responsibility for the maintenance.

The village has yet to decide if the skate ramps will stay in place year-round.

"We're thinking of some sort of a cover for the winter to protect it from the elements," he said.

 
 

 

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