Skate park making solid progress

Published on Thu, Feb 26, 2004
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Skate park making solid progress

The Blaine skate park is coming to life, right in front of everyone�s eyes. Just behind the library and city hall, the 8,200 square foot park is slowly being constructed, as crews began to dig up the ground in preparation for the concrete base last week.

�We finally got started on the construction of the skate park, and boy, did it feel good to see it start to come to life,� said Jon Landis, liaison to the Blaine Extreme Sports Club and Blaine police officer. �Several kids stopped by while we were digging out the property and they were grinning ear to ear. I don�t know who was more excited me or them. The kids couldn�t believe it was really going to happen.�

Fundraising for the skate park project has been in the works for over two years now, Landis said, adding additional funds are still needed, as the total cost of the park stands at $50,000. The Blaine Extreme Sports Club has so far collected $20,000 in donations and grants, including $5,000 from the Tony Hawk Foundation. Blaine was the first skate park in the state to receive a grant from the foundation and Hawk may attend opening day festivities this summer. The next fundraising project is to sell sponsor signs that will be posted at the park, Landis said. A four-foot chain link fence will be constructed around the park, and a four-foot by two-foot sign, as well as a two-foot by one-foot sign will be placed on the fence bearing the names of those who sponsored them. The larger sign is available for $1,000 and the smaller sign for $500. Landis said the club has started a letter writing and telephone calling campaign. If you would like to be a sponsor, call Landis at 332-9394 or Dori Binder at 371-5038.

Donations can be sent to: Blaine Extreme Sports Club, P.O. Box 3361, Blaine, WA 98231.