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