EBENSBURG — Efforts are underway to offer a safe place for rollerblading and skateboarding lovers.
Funds are being raised for a possible Ebensburg Skate Park, and with a big piece of the expenses not covered yet, authorities are looking for neighborhood assistance.
“We’re working on getting this off the ground,” Recreation Director and Skate Park Committee Member Dirk Johnson stated. “We really don’t have anything dedicated to the skating aspect in town, and we think this could be a really nice community center for kids.”
Johnson stated strategies have actually been proposed for a 5,000 square-foot skate park, with a potential website selected near the Ebensburg swimming pool.
Potential grants are being pursued through the Tony Hawk Foundation and other firms, Johnson stated, however the job is anticipated to be finished through public contributions.
The job is prepared for to cost $225,000.
“We’re extremely excited about this, but it could take some time,” stated Johnson, who thinks it might use up to 3 years to raise adequate funds. “Hopefully, it won’t take as long to raise the money.”
The job was led by Julianna Horvath, who assisted form the Ebensburg Skate Park Committee. She stated the concept for the job emerged after she saw a near-miss including a lorry and a youth riding a skateboard.
“It’s a high risk not to have a skate park when there are so many in our community who skate,” Horvath stated. “With the support for so many other wonderful amenities in Ebensburg, I am very optimistic that the community will also support a skate park.”
Horvath stated a study from trainees in the Central Cambria School District discovered that 165 trainees take part in skating activities, with most of them practicing their sport on the walkways or streets.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, irregular surface areas and car traffic are the 2 most typical factors for injuries connected to skateboards, scooters and technique bikes.
If the job has the ability to pertain to fulfillment, committee members stated they think it might get rid of a significant security risk.
“At the very least, we will soon have a safe environment for them to practice their sport,” Horvath stated.
Other committee members consist of Alyssa Locke, Justin Locke and Matt Kirsch.
Donations are being accepted at www.gofund.me/d5864066.
Mirror Staff Writer Calem Illig is at 814-946-7535.