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New Castle skaters trying to raise funds for new, bigger park

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

NEW CASTLE, Colorado – Robert Reynolds and Ian Martinez are on a mission to get a new skate park for New Castle.

They began their quest, to raise money for improvements to the existing park, last year with a skateboarding competition at the Hogback Skate Park in New Castle. With about 30 skateboarders and BMXers, the two thought that they should make it an annual event.

But what started out as a way to raise funds for improvement to the existing park, has turned into a full-blown quest to get the town a completely new skate park.

“When we first started this our thing was to improve the skate park,” said 19-year-old Reynolds. “But we don’t want to extend our park, we want to build a whole new park.”

But the two will have to wait and see what this year’s Hogback Skate Park Competition brings.

Last year they were able to raise about $500 for improvements.

According to Bryan Vashus, recreation director for the city of New Castle, the idea is to raise funds to improve the existing park, and as the event grows and brings in more interest, then a new skate park could be more attainable.

“A lot of it depends on how much money is raised this year,” Vashus said.

The existing skate park was built about eight years ago, according to Vashus. While it will accommodate the skate competition, Reynolds said that the park is too small, and needs more features. Reynolds said that oftentimes with the amount of skateboarders and BMXers at the park, it gets too crowded.

The interest in the park is why Reynolds thought to have a competition to raise money to expand and improve.

“What mainly sparked my attention was with the amount of little kids that were interested in it,” Reynolds said.

He compared the situation to the renovation at the Glenwood Skate Park at Two Rivers Park, which was completed in October 2007 to the tune of close to $60,000, most of which was contributed by the city.

“If we are going to have to extend it, or if we can actually do a completely new park, we’ll just have to see,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds and Martinez both said that they have skated at parks from Basalt to Glenwood, Grand Junction to Eagle, and that the Hogback park would need a lot of work.

“It’s at the point that we want to get some grants, but if we can get more of the community to help us out, I would rather do that,” Reynolds said. “It’s cooler to have people that are around be the ones that help you out.”

But the most important thing, Reynolds said, was not the amount of money they raise but rather have people come out and watch the competition, and enjoy the park.

“We’re looking for as much help as we can,” he said. “But we are looking for people to come out and have a good time.”

The competition will be on Friday, July 17, from 4-8 p.m., and will be the same weekend as Burning Mountain Festival.

jgardner@postindependent.com


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