First phase set to be completed no later than May 1
SIKESTON -- With the coming of spring, skateboard enthusiasts will finally have their park.
"It's not hopefully; they will have," said Cindy Taylor, president of the Sikeston Skate Committee. "We're going to have it -- we're very excited."
In November, a 80-by-50-foot concrete pad was poured at the Sikeston Sports Complex southeast of the southeast softball field at the corner of Stephens and Campanella Drive.
According to Taylor, the total cost for this step -- material, concrete and labor -- was $9,000.
Following this expenditure, the Sikeston Skate Committee now has a total of $17,000 in donations and pledges, she said.
"With that we are placing an order for five pieces of equipment," Taylor said: two quarter pipes (one for each end of the park); a "five stair" and rail for the centerpiece; and a spine transfer off to the side of the centerpiece.
The Sikeston Skate Committee is slated to receive the equipment no later than mid-April, according to Taylor. "We will have it put together and up by the first of May," she said.
Taylor said while they are on track to complete the first set of goals for the skatepark, they are by no means finished with the project and are now seeking additional donations as well as a contribution from the city.
"Finishing it out involves more equipment," Taylor said. "The least the city can do and should do is donate cash to finish out the park."
She said plans are for another dozen features including a full pipe, another spine transfer, a box, a "hubba" and a half-pyramid among others, for a total of 17 pieces.
City Manager Doug Friend said Taylor is requesting $40,000 for the skatepark.
Friend said the city's response is that "we would consider that in the budget process."
The proposal will be among items reviewed for the city's 2008-2009 fiscal year budget, Friend said, "and it may or may not be funded."
Taylor said the more features the park has, the more likely it is to hold the interest of skaters and keep them at the park and off of private property.
"We need help to get it done," she said. "We want to get the kids off the street and keep them safe."
Taylor said those interested in knowing more about the skatepark's progress are encouraged to come to the committee's meetings held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Sikeston Public Library.
"We discuss future fundraiser events, people to talk to, what we spent our money on and how much we currently have," she said.