Lincoln Mayor Don Wesely today announced that students at Southeast High School will assist in the construction and fund raising for Lincoln's second skate park to be built in Tierra Park. Money has already been raised for the first facility for skateboarders and in-line skaters at Peter Pan Park, and the students will also help to build it this fall. Each facility will include a concrete base with modular equipment.
"The Southeast Student Council spearheaded the effort to build the new accessible playground for children of all abilities in Antelope Park, and this project continues that successful partnership with the city's Parks and Recreation Department," Wesely said. "The city needs to provide a safe and legal place for this popular activity, and we are very pleased the students of Southeast are again helping to meet a recreational need in our community."
The skate park concept was approved by the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Board and endorsed by the City Council in 1999. In July of that year, the city designated $50,000 from the Neighborhood Self-Help Improvement Program and $14,000 for a concrete pad for a proposed skating facility at Van Dorn Park. Another $6,000 was raised for that project, but that fell far short of the $225,000 cost.
Plans were revised, and the $70,000 on hand for the project will be used for the modular skate park at Peter Pan Park, 32nd and "W" streets. The modular equipment is scheduled to arrive in mid-October, and Southeast students plan to assist with the installation.
The Southeast High students also plan to raise $70,000 for the second modular skate park at Tierra Park, which runs from 27th and Tierra to 37th and Carnelian. They hope to build it next spring. A kick-off event for the fund-raising campaign is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, October 14, at Tierra Park. Southeast also has a partnership with Saratoga Elementary, and students from that school will also be involved in the skate park projects.
Donations for the skate park can be sent to the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Foundation, 2740 "A" Street, Box 204, Lincoln, NE 68502 and to the Lincoln Rollerpark Association, c/o The Nebraska Community Foundation, 1200 "N" Street, Suite 610, Lincoln, NE 68509. Donors should include a note that the donation is for the skate park. All donations are tax deductible.