Skate Park construction has begun, funds still needed

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Construction of the Prairie du Chien Skate Board Park has begun near Fort Fun. See page 4 for full story. (Photo by Justin Howe)

Construction of a permanent skate board park near Fort Fun in Prairie du Chien began on Saturday. Phase I of the project will be the construction of the concrete skate park. Phase II will be future expansion. An amount of $33,447, which was raised for the park, will go toward equipment. It is expected to cost $10,000 for 4,399 square feet of concrete at cost. Re-bar and mesh is expected to cost $3,000. Freight is expected to cost $1,707, and supervised installation $3,244.

Skate Park Committee members have been asking businesses, organizations and individuals for donations. Any extra money raised will go toward Phase II.

The land, which is valued at $20,000, was donated by the city of Prairie du Chien for the skate park. Free labor will be provided by Wisconsin National Guard members, Steiner Construction, the Prairie du Chien Master Gardeners and any other community members who wish to volunteer. Vierbicher Associates of Prairie du Chien provided the engineering and site work at no cost to the city. Excavation and preparation of the site was done by the city’s Public Works Department.

A George Family Foundation grant will provide $10,000 for the park. The city of Prairie du Chien has donated $1,000 the past two years.

Funds are still needed for the skate board park. Gifts of $250 or more will have the company name or the individual’s name listed on the skate park sign near the park entrance. The sign will also recognize annual Mud Run donors. Gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized on the donor wall.

The skate park will be a “built up” park above ground and will have traditional skate park features along with “street skating” elements.

For those seeking more information or to donate, Skate Park Committee member Lorie Floyd can be reached at (608) 996-2107.

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