Skate Park to get
equipment May 19
By Ted Pennekamp
There’s good news for skateboarders in Prairie du Chien and the surrounding area. Six or seven skateboarding units will be installed on May 19 and 20 by the American Ramp Company of Joplin, Mo. at the Prairie du Chien Skate Park.
The sub slabs of concrete were poured last fall at the park’s location near the Prairie du Chien Aquatic Park, 1401 E. Wells St. Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich said that the units, some of which weigh about 3,000 pounds, will be laid and sealed together. The units include quarter pipes, a halo bank, a pyramid, a half pyramid, bank ramps and a concrete skateboard bench, which looks like a big skateboard.
After the units have been installed, flat concrete work will be done in order to tie all of the units together. Ulrich said that signs recognizing sponsors for the park and rules for the park also need to be put in place.
“We’re hoping that it will be up and operating in time for summer,” said Ulrich. “I think it’s long overdue.” Ulrich said that there will be a grand opening for the skate park sometime in June. He said that the skate park that will be open this summer will be Phase I of the skate park project. Phase I cost an estimated $40,000.
The Prairie du Chien Skate Park Committee will continue to raise funds in order to complete Phase II of the project sometime in the future. Phase II will expand the skate park by adding more pieces of equipment and concrete.
“This is another good thing for the city of Prairie du Chien,” said Ulrich. “It’s in a great location and it’s another thing for the kids to do. I think that it can also be a destination because there are not a lot of other skate parks in the state.”
Ulrich said that he hopes that those who use the skate park will also help to take care of it and support it.
Ulrich praised the Prairie du Chien Children’s Advisory Board, the members of the Skate Park Committee and Skate Park Committee Chair Lori Floyd for their countless hours of volunteer service towards making the skate park a reality. Ulrich noted that there have been numerous brat fries and other fund-raisers over several years as well as events such as the Mississippi Mud Run in order to raise money for the skate park.