Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Skateboarders gain city support

By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LOVELAND — A group of residents eager to see a skate park built in this city is starting to get the support they've sought since last summer.

        On Monday, recreation commissioners unanimously agreed that the group should build a 10,000-square-foot skating area in Lever Park if they can raise the $80,000 to $100,000 needed for construction.

        City Council members supported their recommendation at a Tuesday night session.

        Before Tuesday's meeting, Mayor Donna Lajcak said she was in favor of the idea. She talked to Loveland youngsters about the need for a skate park during the last campaign.

        “Certainly it would be something favorable to the city,” she said. “It's something for the kids to do in a safe place. (But) certainly safety is an issue.”

        If it is built, the city would own and maintain the park of rails, ramps and other skateboarding apparatus.

        Resident Tonya O'Brien began gathering support for the skate park in June. She and other group members are applying for grants and organizing fund-raising events for the project.

        Middletown has a skate park, and another should open in Miami Township in June. But Loveland's skateboarders often rely on their parents for transportation and need a safe place to practice their sport, she said.


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