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Design final for skatepark

By Jennifer Henion

Triplicate staff writer

The final design of the long-awaited skateboard park is complete.

Bev Noll has the design in hand and presented it to local government leaders yesterday at their Intergovernmental Relations Committee meeting.

"It's a state-of-the-art park. It's a beautiful park," said Noll, leader of the local group that has been driving to get a park built for the past six years.

At 15,000 square-feet, it's bigger than the long-coveted Medford skatepark and it flows from novice flats to expert bowls like well-groomed ski slopes.

"It will be a seamless, smooth ride throughout.

"What we tried to achieve is getting a park you want and the best park for someone just starting out, to a pro that comes into town – it'll be just as challenging for both," said the park's designer Zach Wormhoudt of Wormhoudt Inc.

The surrounds of the park will stretch the total size to about 21,000 square-feet and it will be located behind the Del Norte County Sheriff's Department in Peterson Park.

"We hope to go before the city council and the county at their next meetings with boundaries, ordinances and a memorandum of understanding," said Noll.

Money may still be a problem, however, according to Noll.

"We are still short by about $40,000 to $50,000," she said.

In the bank now for the project is about $200,000, most of which was won through a grant by the county. The rest was raised by the community.

Construction is slated to begin this spring. Once started, it should take about 110 days to complete.

"It will be done in 2003, barring rain setbacks," said Noll.

The park will be free to all users.


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