BG Skate Park Latest

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

The $850,000 dollar skate park project was projected to be finished by October or November of this past year, but saw a delay.

A meeting for the park was held on Saturday to discuss everything from the opening events, to who is liable for any injuries at the park.

"I'm very excited. I've been waiting a long time. I can't wait for the skate park to open", says skate park enthusiast Jim Madison.

Jim Madison is one of many skaters and bikers excited about Bowling Green's long-awaited skate park.

He's been watching the progress of the park from day one.

"If i'm in town, I go down there everday, so i'm very involved in keeping a visual eye on what's going on", says Madison.

One thing he's seen is a delay in construction. The park was initially delayed to raise money for additional add-ons. The recent delay was due to the weather.

"The shockcrete has to be in the 40's and remain that way for a couple of days. It's been in the 20's the past five or six weeks and it's just been too cold", says Ernie Gouvas.

Ernie Gouvas has helped coordinate the skate park project.

He says based on the more recent construction estimate the park should be done in a little over two weeks.

It will then need around thirty days to cure, or develop it's potential strength and durability.

Skating on it before then could damage it.

Gouvas says as far as liability goes for the park when it does open it's not any different from other parks.

"This will be under the city's liabilty blanket. It's going to be a skate at your own risk. All of our parks are use at your own risk and it won't be different than that", says Gouvas.

He says he is just excited that this year and half project is almost complete

"There's literally several hundred local skaters and all of them are ready for this to be open, as we are", says Gouvas.

Madison says even with more work to be done the park has already made an impression on him.

"This is the best skate park that i've ever seen and i'm not just saying that cause it's ours. It is like the best park i've ever seen", says Madison.

Gouvas says they will also be putting fences up around the skatepark soon in hopes of keeping people out while the concrete is settling.

A tenative opening date for the park is set for April 14th, but Gouvas says it could even get moved up a week.

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