Mayor Don Wesely, Parks and Recreation Department officials and Southeast High School students today dedicated the cityís new skate park at Peter Pan Park, 3250 "X" Street. The students, who helped build the new skate park, are continuing their campaign to raise $70,000 for a second facility for skateboarders and in-line skaters at Tierra Park, 27th Street and Tierra Drive. "This has been a real community project, involving the city, skating fans and many volunteers, including the Southeast High students," said Mayor Wesely. "It has taken several years, but those involved never gave up on the effort to provide safe, challenging and legal facilities for this popular sport."
The Peter Pan skate park and the one to be built at Tierra Park both consist of a concrete base, costing about $14,000, and modular equipment, costing about $56,000. The Peter Pan skate park was funded through the Neighborhood Self-Help Improvement Program, donations and city funds.
In addition to raising funds for the Tierra Park facility, Southeast students will also help build it next spring. Because of Southeastís partnership with Saratoga Elementary, students from that school have also been involved in the skate park projects. Southeast High was also involved in planning, fund-raising and construction of the new accessible playground in Antelope Park.
Donations for the second skate park can be sent to the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Foundation, 2740 "A" Street, Box 204, Lincoln, NE 68502 and to the Lincoln Rollerpark Association, c/o The Nebraska Community Foundation, 1200 "N" Street, Suite 610, Lincoln, NE 68509. Donors should include a note that the donation is for the skate park. All donations are tax deductible.