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Skaters pleased with new park

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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Skaters in Glenwood Springs say they now have a legitimate skate spot.”It’s sick,” said 17-year-old skater John Taylor, between hand-plants and huge 360s on the new quarterpipe and partial bowl. “So much better than the toys we had before. Now there is, like, no limit.”Cindy Goodrich drove her kids up from Grand Junction to check out the park and then swim at the Hot Springs Pool Tuesday. Her 11-year-old son Luke has just gotten more into skating and wanted to check out Glenwood’s park.

“I like it,” he said. “(Before) It wasn’t as nice as this, it was just a bunch of things stuck on concrete.”Work to upgrade the skate park at Two Rivers Park was completed by Oct. 29 after a little more than a month’s worth of work by a company called Grindline Skateparks Inc. About $60,000 of funding was obtained through the city’s parks and recreation department.Jono Moreau, a junior at Yampah Mountain High School, spearheaded an effort beginning midway through the last school year to get the city to improve the skate park. He said he got interested in lobbying city government with the help of YMHS advisor Mike Podmore, and because he felt the skate park was inadequate had been falling into disrepair.

“We had one box that had a rail and a ledge,” Moreau said. “That got old after two days of being there.””Really what the group brought, which was huge, was the interest and the creativity to give us some very unique design features and make a park that is very functional for a variety of level of skill,” said parks and recreation director Tom Barnes.”Jono was there every step of the way, which is a great credit to him,” Barnes said. “He really stepped up and worked hard to make this plan become a reality, at the same time he understands you don’t want to copy a Carbondale, you don’t want to copy a Rifle, you want to create something that complements what’s already in the area.”Carbondale has more intense vertical elements and is recognized as a bit more extreme, while the goal for this skate park was to incorporate more street-like elements. Barnes was impressed enough with Moreau’s knowledge and understanding to give him the go-ahead to authorize minor park modifications during construction.

Moreau said the improvements have raised or removed the limit on how much skaters could improve when compared to the old version of the park. The new version of the park allows for better flow. Skaters can stay on their boards while transitioning between, around and back-and-forth on opposing vertical walls and other elements, according to Moreau.”We like the way it flows because you can stay on your skateboard,” Moreau said.In addition to the new bowl, quarterpipe, coping and smooth concrete, there are also two rails, plus another addition in the works. Phase two could be constructed in 2009, Barnes said. It would add about another 2,000 square feet of terrain to the more than 3,000-square-foot completed segment, he estimated.

But funding for that phase may prove more challenging. Moreau said a $12,000 matching discretionary grant from the city may expire, and the Glenwood Skate Park Association Moreau formed has raised only about $2,500 overall. Barnes said phase two would cost maybe $60,000 or more.But for now, skaters are enjoying what’s there.

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