Leinwand Park in Elizabethtown has a new addition already in use. Today was the first day the new Half-Pipe Skate park was open. Skaters are already enjoying the new outdoor expansion.
The addition to Leinwand Park is in conjunction with the Downtown Revitalization Project. The town was awarded a $215,000 grant for the effort through the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation Trust Fund with Elizabethtown contributing matching funds.
The construction of the quarter acre half- pipe took about 10 days and is located at the corner of South Morehead and West King streets beside the Bladen County Recreation Department.
The surface of the half-pipe is 35 by 60 feet with a 4 foot landing platform on either side.
According to officials the new skate park will be able to host up to 50 skaters. Today, there were two skaters already trying out the new addition. The skaters, Jeremy Moss and Sawyer Norris live in Elizabethtown.
Moss said with a laugh, “If we would have this when I was younger, I probably wouldn’t have gotten into as much trouble. We love it.”
Norris said, “It’s beautiful and bigger than the one in Hope Mills.”
Mayor of Elizabethtown, Sylvia Campbell explained the Half-Pipe is just one of many projects to come at the park. After the town officials and grant writers met with local citizens and looked over surveys the residents had submitted they came up with a plan of what was needed and wanted in Elizabethtown.
There will be a place to play horse shoes, shuffle board and a water park for children to enjoy water mist on hot summer days.
“We are hoping to have most of those items completed by next summer.” Campbell said.
HIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO RAIN…The Friends of the Skateparks Foundation will be holding a Skateboard Contest Fundraiser at the Rockshop Parking Lot in Fayetteville, Saturday, November 7th from 10 am until 6 pm. There will be food and a raffle. Proceeds of the event will be donated to the Elizabethtown Public Skate Park.
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