A groundbreaking was held for the new skate park in Bowling Green Monday morning at Roland Bland Park.
"It's a great day to be a skater in Bowling Green. It's a great day to be a citizen in Bowling Green because slowly but surely we're starting to recognize the efforts and input that young people can have in our community", says Bowling Green City Commissioner Brian "Slim" Nash.
Nash was among many city officials and skaters who were at the groundbreaking to show their support of the new skate park. Nash is one of several people who have helped make the idea of the skate park a reality. He says that this is a great way to get young people involved in our community.
"This is one small step so I encourage you not to approach it as just a park we're building for skaters, but a way that we're reaching out to the young people in our community", says Nash.
Just last week the Bowling Green City Commission accepted a bid from Scott and Murphy Construction for $779,000 to construct the skate park.
Those with Scott and Murphy Construction say the new park will be great for young people in our area and for the community.
"The more things that we have for our young people to do, it deters them from getting into other bad things, so the more we have to do in our community the better off Bowling Green is", says Mike Murphy, of Scott and Murphy Construction.
"This project is more than about building a skate park for people where they can come out and recreate, although that is the major focus. The secondary focus is to bring young people into the inner workings of city government. We want young people to stay in Bowling Green. We don't want them to feel so isolated that they move away from their hometowns as they get college age and older", says Nash.
Nash went on to comment on some of the negativity the skate park has received.
"It is difficult to read negative comments about projects such as this because that negativity is the very thing that isolates the young people who live in Bowling Green", says Nash.
The skate park should be complete by late October or early November.