By Jennifer Grimes

Triplicate staff writer

Skaters get your boards, it's official. The money is coming and Del Norte County officials say there is a plan in place for a state-of-the-art skateboard park.

andquot;In short, it's going to be great,andquot; said Jeannine Galatioto, Del Norte County's chief administrative officer.

The county was notified late yesterday afternoon that $180,000 was awarded to build a skate park from the Roberti-Z'berg Harris Urban Open Space and Recreational Need Basis Competitive Grant.

Parents, teachers and hundreds of teen-agers have been pressuring local politicians for nearly five years to find a way to build such a park.

andquot;Members of the community signed petitions and attended meetings to support the new skate park. The youth of Del Norte County raised almost $11,000,andquot; and now it's going to happen, Galatioto said.

Others donated money toward the effort, too. The Del Norte Health Care District donated $20,000 toward the building of the park and the California Endowment donated $15,000 to help fund the design of the park.

The county has donated staff time and effort to win the main grant. In all, the county has $226,000 to design and build the park.

andquot;Besides facilities for skaters and rollerbladers, the park will include an observation area for viewers. Although much of the park will be concrete, the remainder will be landscaped with native trees and shrubs, both to serve as windbreak and to minimize noise from the park,andquot; Galatioto said.

Design firms have already been interviewed for the job, but none hired yet. No date has been set for the groundbreaking.

A 20,000-square-foot area of Peterson Park has been donated by the Crescent City City Council for the location of the future park.