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Meeting Jan. 12 on Mill City skate park

Reporter for The Canyon Weekly

A second open house has been set up for community members to hear about plans for a skate park in Mill City.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at Stewart’s Hall, 158 SW Broadway St., in the Odd Fellows building. The event is hosted by Santiam Kids and Tourism Effort (SKATE).

An earlier event was held Oct. 29, but organizer Beverly Thacker noted that that session was held on a Saturday afternoon, “a busy time for lots of folks. We hope to give more people an opportunity to get involved with a weeknight evening meeting.”

SKATE plans to build the skatepark behind the Odd Fellows building in a city-owned space now used as a parking lot. The Oddfellows contributed $5,000 for engineering and design.

The skatepark project consists of three phases: an 1,800-square-foot bowl; an additional 4,200 square feet that includes a bump, ledge banks, a mini spine and a one-quarter pipe as well as additional security fencing; permanent bathrooms, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, landscaping and parking.

The facility is projected to cost $500,000. SKATE has $50,000 in hand and thinks it can secure an additional $50,000 in donated materials and labor, but Mill City is requiring that the organizers secure funding for the entire project before it can begin.

“Which means,“ said Thacker of the SKATE board, “that nothing can happen until we figure out how to pay for sidewalks, curbs, gutters and stand-alone bathrooms, so we are still very much in the fundraising phase.”

When completed the facility will be turned over to the city and maintained as a city park, Thacker said. No opening date can be projected because of the fundraising challenge.

The location already has Mill City City Council approval and SKATE has been working with Dreamland, a noted skate park design firm in Lincoln City on what Thacker calls “a wonderful plan.”

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