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Skatepark funding near completion

Friday, January 25, 2013

Members of the Clay Community Skatepark Committee recently informed The Brazil Times work has already begun on the park, which will be located at the corner of Wesleyan Church and Jackson streets. [Order this photo]
The Clay Community Skatepark Committee is so close it can practically taste it.

Recently, representative Roberta Weliever told The Brazil Times the committee is in the stages of final pushes for fundraising for the park, located at the corner of Jackson and Wesleyan Church streets.

"We have received more than $51,000 so far, which is really good," Weliever said. "It took a long time just to get that. We're on our way."

This is a schematic drawing of what the Clay Community Skatepark will look like.
Weliever told The Times the committee has budgeted approximately $79,000 for the project.

Currently, it is in the process of attempting to collect donations from the community. Weliever said the committee hopes to raise at least $10,000 this time around.

"I am absolutely amazed that we've had so much response," Weliever said.

Several people have taken advantage of the "Wall of Donors," Weliever said.

For example, those interested in having their name engraved on a brick may join others in the Victory Level for a donation of $200-$499. The bricks at the Victory Level are 4-by-8 in size.

Those interested in donating anywhere between $500-$999 will have their name engraved on a brick at the Champion Level (8-by-8 brick).

All the bricks will be placed around the entrance of the skatepark.

There is also a Gold Medal Level for donations of $1,000 or more.

Those interested in donating at the Gold Medal Level will have their name or business name etched on a large piece of limestone which will be placed in the center of the brick wall.

The skatepark, Weliever said, was conceived by Devin Gullet, Ben Harbison and Hunter Collins, all students of hers.

Gullet and Harbison will graduate this year while Collins graduated last year.

However, Weliever said all three have worked with fundraising efforts since the outset.

"This has been going on since 2008 when we got our first donation," she said.

Weliever said the first donations for the park were from a car wash students had at Advanced Auto Parts.

"From then on, it was Pizza Hut. Then the bowling alley was the third donor," she said. "We are on our way. I am so pleased."

Construction for the park is underway. In fact, Weliever said a concrete pad and the brick wall are all that needs to be erected.

She added a grab bar may be included with the addition of more brick if needed.

Weliever said further construction will continue this spring and the park could be ready for use later this year.

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Roberta, you are one remarkable woman. God bless you!

-- Posted by steve47834 on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 8:30 PM

Thanks to all for their dedication and hard work!

-- Posted by Erick standley on Sat, Jan 26, 2013, at 12:36 PM

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