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Skate park proposed at Parks Board meeting

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Retired Clay Community School Corporation teacher Roberta Weliever presented a proposal for a skateboard park to the Brazil City Parks Board Wednesday night.

Weliever, who advised the North Clay Middle School newspaper, said her students were constantly writing stories on not having a city-accepted place to skateboard.

When she brought up the idea of a park to her students, the response was overwhelming.

Former Mayor Tom Arthur was interviewed by her students about a park in Brazil.

Even after her retirement, former students asking about the progress on a skate park stopped Weliever.

Weliever researched the formation of Greencastle's skate park, as well as formed a committee of individuals who would support the formation of a skate park.

"I think the community is in great need for a skate park," Weliever told the board.

The park, according to Weliever, would discourage juvenile delinquency and encourage "non-joiners" to participate in individual sports.

The board agreed with Weliever, stating the idea of a skate park has been presented at least four times over the past few years.

The board has granted permission for a skate park to be built at Craig Park, but no community groups have had the funding to put together the park.

Weliever discussed the location in Craig Park with the board, saying the park needed to be easily visible and around public activity to deter crime.

Weliever also discussed the possibility of using land currently part of the Brazil Armory on State Road 59, but the land would need to be ceded to the city of Brazil.

The board warned Weliever of the failure of past attempts, but assured her the board would back a park if she could find the funding and a way to put it together.

"The problem with the last skateboard committee was they needed you," board member Brad Deal told Weliever.

Weliever has consulted with parks in Greencastle, Bloomington, and LaCrosse, Wis.

She has also worked with The Tony Hawk Foundation on funding.

The next Brazil City Parks Board meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

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