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Group has plans for skateboard park; no location

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

SIKESTON -- Skateboarders and their supporters say they have the money and a plan for a skateboard park. Now they just need a place to build it.

Cindy Taylor asked City Council members during their regular meeting Monday for space in a city park to build a skatepark.

"Sikeston, as big as we are, should have a skatepark," Taylor said.

She said skateboarders have "worked very hard for a park." They have raised $5,000 in donations and now have a pledge from Simon Halliday, general manager of Ace Building Systems in Sikeston, for another $15,000.

Taylor said they are "leaning toward Central Park" for a location as it is centrally located, not used much for other activities, is shady and would give the skatepark room to grow.

She also presented council members with a proposed list of rules which includes requiring a helmet and suggested that once the park is built, police could ticket those who skate outside the park.

Taylor said their plans are for a 50-by-80 foot concrete slab with five features initially with more equipment to be added later.

She said they are hoping to have the park up and running by September.

Mayor Mike Marshall said they need to get the approval of the city's parks board.

Jiggs Moore, parks division director, said the skatepark supporters appear to have everything worked out except a location.

Halliday said there are other businesses in addition to Ace Building Systems that are willing to contribute to the project and that he believes it will be "a positive part of the community" that could bring in visitors for competitions and other events.