Skate park a needed facility for local youth

Private fundraising effort will boost recreational offerings for kids

By Ken Esten Cooke— Saturday’s skate board and BMX demonstration and competition had the Adelsverein Halle on Marktplatz abuzz with activity.
                Working off some restless adolescent energy, skateboarders and bikers performed feats that seemed to defy the laws of physics. Adult onlookers winced at the occasional falls that are part of the sport, but they marveled at the athleticism and coordination of the kids.

Kudos to the Fredericksburg Morning Rotary Club for spearheading this important project that will bring another first-class recreational activity to our town.

If there is one complaint among young people about the town, it is that activities geared toward them are in short supply. This will certainly help.

This project also is not simply a couple of ramps bolted to cement. The permanent, multi-bowl facility will cover 24,000 square feet in a lot north of the Boys and Girls Club of Fredericksburg.

The total cost of this first-class project — as nice as those found in large cities — will be between $400,000 and $450,000. But the great thing is that taxpayers will not pay a cent. The club has already privately raised, or been promised, more than half of that amount. And Saturday’s event was just the beginning of raising awareness about the project.

The park also will offer a recreational activity where youth who are old enough can be dropped off while their parents browse on Main Street. Its future location will be just a few blocks from the busy business district of downtown.

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