Roberta Weliever, a retired North Clay Middle School teacher, has been working with former students, foundations and local officials to build a skate park for Clay County.
Many skateboarders have found that businesses do not want them practicing on their property, due to liability and wear-and-tear issues.
Several attempts for skating venues have been thwarted by lack of funding or space.
Weliever has found both.
In an agreement with the Brazil City Mayor's office, Brazil City Parks Board and Clay Community Parks Board, the proposed skatepark will be built in Craig Park, on the west side of Brazil.
Also, the Clay Community Parks Association will be writing grants to upgrade lighting at Craig Park.
Other forms of funding have been found through local business donations and foundations supporting skateparks.
To receive most of the foundation dollars, though, there needs to be community involvement and a plan.
That is why Weliever is inviting students from all Clay County schools to participate in a design session on Tuesday, April 15, at 6:30, in the upstairs of the Brazil United Methodist Church.
The youth who attend have the opportunity to describe what they want in a skatepark. The meeting also offers Weliever the ability to ask adults to join an advisory board for the park.
"The more commitment we show, the bigger the grants will be," she said.
Weliever has also received support for the park in the form of volunteers to build the park.
"I had one gentleman call me and ask me what he can do. He's a retired construction worker," Weliever said.
The park will be under the Clay Community Park Association umbrella, and has been given 501C-3 non-profit status.
In terms of liability, Indiana has an "extreme sports" law, which excuses skate parks from injury liability if they have the proper signage.
Besides the ideas from skaters, the project will need in-kind donations such as rebar, steel, plastic tubing and lumber. Weliever hopes to have a dedication area, where patrons can purchase a square yard of concrete and have a plaque in their name at the park.
She also said she hopes to be able to build benches alongside the skatepark, because watching the participants use parks is "just fascinating."
In all, Weliever said she needs around $250,000 to complete the park.
But the fundraising cannot begin until the youth of Clay County make decisions on what the park will look like.
Weliever can be contacted for questions at 443-0611.