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Mayor and YMCA Open New Skateboard Park (July 18, 2000)

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Mayor Jimmy Weekley, Key West YMCA C.E.O. Jan Cole and President Linda Shields helped open the new skateboard park Saturday morning in a ribbon-cutting ceremony before a crowd of skaters eager to try out the new facility.  The park, located at 3145 Flagler Ave., was constructed by the city and will be managed by the YMCA. 

The skateboard park is able to accommodate approximately a dozen skaters at a time, and will be open from 11 AM to 10 PM weekdays and Saturdays, and 1PM to 10PM on Sundays.  All skaters must wear helmets, elbow and knee pads and complete a signed medical release.  Parents must sign the release for users under the age of eighteen at the facility.

The park, which will be named in a YMCA contest, consists of state-of-the-art equipment including a three-sided pyramid fun box, launch ramp, quarter pipe, and kinked grind rail.  Fees are $3 for YMCA members under the age of 18, $5 for members 18 and over, and $10 for non-members.  The annual YMCA membership fee is $20, but is free for youth under the age of 18 this year.

The Mayor invited Key West teens Ben Jungles and Blake Fernandez to help serve as ribbon cutters for the event, praising their involvement and initiative in asking the City to pursue the construction of a skateboard park.

“Young people expressed the desire to see more recreational facilities in our city during my campaign,” the Mayor said.  “It is critical that we have activities available to accommodate the interests of all of our youth.”

Mayor Weekley also praised the work of City staff in completing the project in such a timely manner.  “Our Parks and Recreation and Engineering Services Departments did a fabulous job in ensuring that this park would be open for our youth during their summer vacation.”

“I think this will be the first of several successful partnerships with the YMCA,” the Mayor said.  “I would also look forward the recreational opportunities that could be made available with the conveyance of the navy property at Truman Annex to the City of Key West.”

For more information about the new skatepark facility, call the YMCA at 295-YMCA. 

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