Friday, March 14, 2003

Bikers and skaters wanted to help run new skate park



By Gina Holt
Enquirer contributor

FLORENCE - Wanted: Skaters, skateboarders and BMX bikers.

The city of Florence is looking to form a nine-member committee made up of people 12 and older to help with duties at the new Florence Skate Park.

The park, costing nearly $1 million, is to open in May.

The committee will be made up of youths and adults who live in Boone County, with three being skateboarders, three inline skaters and three bikers.

The committee will assist the Florence staff in:

• Developing park policies and procedures.

• Designating days for bikes, boards and skates.

• Planning the grand opening ceremony.

• Assisting with future activities such as workshops, demonstrations and clinics.

The committee will also act as a steward of the park, assisting with maintenance, security and vandalism prevention.

"I thought it would be a good idea to have residents take some ownership in the facility," said Vanessa Lenear, Florence parks and recreation director.

Chris Anderson, employee at Triple A Skateboards in Florence and resident of Florence, said the committee is a great idea and he wishes he could be part of it.

"It's not that I don't want to be on it, but I work a lot," he said. "It will help keep the park clean and going well."

The park has three sections: the street plaza, which is a beginner level; the street course, an intermediate level; and an advanced area which has holes to make it more challenging.

The park will have two shelter areas, vending machines, drinking fountains, emergency telephones, parking and seating for spectators.

People interested in being on the committee should write a letter explaining how they can be a positive influence on the park.

Apply by March 28 to Florence Skate Park, 8100 Ewing Blvd., Florence, KY 41042-7588 or to vlenear@cityofflorenceky.com.




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