Roberta Weliever has been working on getting a skatepark built in Brazil and now believes the end is in sight.
Weliever, who retired as a school teacher in 2007, said she promised her students she would get a skatepark built, and now believes the project can be finished by this summer. Now, Weliever said she wants to have a push toward finishing the skatepark, which will be located on the northeast corner of Wesley Church Street and Jackson Street. So far, Weliever said her committee has raised $42,205.93 toward the $78,945.00 needed for the project to be completed.
The balance of $36,739.07 needed for the completion includes a $23,171.42 personal loan that Weliever and her committee received for the purchase of the skatepark equipment, which will be paid back after the skatepark is completed.
"We're getting really, really close," Weliever said. "I'm just so excited about it, I really am, because we've been working on this so long."
Weliever said she wants the community to know with their help, the skatepark can be finished by this upcoming summer. One way Weliever has been collecting donations is through the "Bricks for Bucks" campaign.
Weliever said that a $200 donation will entitle those who donate to a 4"x8" brick which will feature three lines where information like name or company can be inscribed. For $400, those who donate will be entitled to an 8"x8" brick with four lines to place information, and both donations are tax deductible. Weliever has also been receiving donations and grants, like a $5,000 Tony Hawk grant, and more recently a donation from the Clay County Community Foundation.