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Skatepark close to reality

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The picture above displays some of the equipment the Clay Community Skatepark committee recently purchased from a park in Danville.
A skatepark will soon be coming to Clay County.

The Clay Community Skatepark committee recently purchased material for a skatepark, including skatepark ramps, quarter pipes, half pipes, banks, grindboxes, ledges, rails and steps from the Danville area for $36,000.

The purchase is an estimated saving of $110,000.

All the components except the rails are made of pre-cast concrete with stainless steel coping and grind pieces.

All 28 pieces of equipment will be moved to the area and may be placed in Craig Park as soon as funding is available to pay for the construction of a 100-by-120-foot concrete pad upon which the skatepark equipment will be set.

Each piece of equipment will be moved using a 50-ton crane with a swinging arm and each piece will be placed on a flatbed and transferred to Craig Park. The park location is still up in the air, however.

The crane will then transfer equipment onto the concrete pad.

The skatepark could be installed and ready for skaters by the summer.

However, funds are needed to move the equipment and build the concrete pad. In-kind donations of trucking, reinforcing steel, gravel and concrete will reduce the final cost of constructing the concrete pad and moving the equipment.

Many businesses, philanthropic organizations and citizens have made donations to help fund the skatepark.

However, other fundraisers have been planned for those who are interested in donating as well.

The Legion Riders Charity Ride will take place May 16, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the American Legion Post No. 2, 1015 S. Forest Ave., Brazil. The event will conclude at 5 p.m.

A cookout has been scheduled and will take place at Forest Park in the shelter off Pinckley Street. All motorcycle and car riders are welcome. Door prizes will be presented.

In addition, the Clay Community Skatepark Skate-A-Thon will take place in the parking lot in front of Wal-Mart June 20, starting at 10 a.m.

Skaters will be able to show off their talents as those in attendance will have the opportunity to view the entertainment, in addition to enjoying available food.

Clay Community Skatepark Committee representative Robert Weliever added car washes are scheduled to take place at Advance Auto.

The dates for the car washes include June 13, July 11 and Aug. 8.

As well, Pizza Hut will conduct fundraisers every second Friday of each month.

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What a great job this committee is doing, thanks to Roberta Weliever!

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 6:58 AM

Roberta Weliever has really put herself out there for something she believes in for the kids. Brazil needs more citizens like her.

-- Posted by claycountrygirl on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 7:27 AM

I am really proud of the community stepping up

to give kids somewhere safe to skate. We need

other places for these kids, to spend their time

hang out and just have fun.

Kudo's to Mayor Bradshaw for helping to make this

city safe!! I am glad that I voted for her!

-- Posted by busymomandstudent on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 10:27 AM

Great project! Good activities like a skate park will serve Brazil well and could directly address some of the safety/damage concerns of local businesses.

-- Posted by michael.galloway1 on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 11:50 AM

Craig park is a long way for kids to go. Would not Forest Park be a better, safer place and more supervised area??????????????

-- Posted by tinytim on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 6:11 PM

OMG Tinytim, Can you people of Brazil never be happy. Before now kids were driving to Greencastle, Plainfield, Danville, and anywhere they could. There is a lot more room at Craig Park. It time to be proud of the community accomplishment. Way to go, this has been a dream of a long time for many youth and businesses. It truly wouldn't hurt any of the kids to walk to Craig park. It might actually do them some good.

-- Posted by Partrosie on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 8:12 PM

Does anybody know why Danville sold this equipment? Not because they replaced with new, but because of all the problems at the skate park. Drugs, fights, vandelism....heck they even put a fence around the equipment for after hours and then were breaking in to damage the equipment. O yeah thats right it wont happen here....this is Brazil. This will end up being a problem...I hope not. But the odds are against this project.

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Sun, Apr 5, 2009, at 1:14 AM

Yes, I seen the long list why they closed the park after less than 5 years and spent $127,000.00. It's scary. I hope kids and young adult of Brazil show us that they are not like this. I hope for the best.

-- Posted by donalde on Sun, Apr 5, 2009, at 4:43 AM

If tinytim thinks Craig Park is too far, what about Northview and North Clay being so far away from the city? Is that too far, too? I think Craig Park is a perfect place for this and agree with Partrosie that there's a lot more room there anyway.

To Roberta & and skatepark committee, thank you.

-- Posted by andypflueger on Sun, Apr 5, 2009, at 7:31 AM

I think its a great idea, hopefully people will take cre of it not vandalize. Also think its great using Craig park. Doesnt seem as anyone uses that park very often. Maybe we can get more things for the kids of clay County to do. When I was growing up we had all kinda stuff not know.

-- Posted by kd323 on Mon, Apr 6, 2009, at 8:36 AM

i think this is the best thing that is ever goin to be put in this town. us skaters are always gettin yelled at to not skate. thats jus like tellin a football or basketball player not to play the sport they love. i mean all the skaters that use to skate quit and went striaght to drugs and things like that. if we have this then we can change that. i have heard those kids tell me if we get this park then they'll be glad to get help and start skating again. we need this in our town. we have tried this for several years but finally Roberta is here to save the day.


-- Posted by bedwejor on Wed, Apr 8, 2009, at 9:08 AM

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