Later, Skater! E.C. Skaters Association Eyes Boyd Park for New Skate Park
The local skateboarding scene has seen a boom in popularity in the past decade. Now, local skaters are pushing for a new space to get rolling.
After Lakeshore Skate Park was built in 2013, the Eau Claire Skaters Association knew it would only be so long before they would need another one to meet the rising popularity of skateboarding.
And the time has finally come.
“Having that kind of space is central to building communities,” said Gabe Brummett, president of the association. “It’s about positive encouragement, it’s about gaining confidence – the benefits are just endless.”
In the 12 years the skaters association worked to get Lakeshore built, they raised over $1,000. In the eight years they have worked to get a new (and bigger!) Boyd Park location, they have raised a whopping $63,000, illustrating local demand.
On Saturday, Sept. 18, the community is invited to a design workshop at Boyd Park to voice opinions on what you’d like to see in the new skate park. The goal, Brummett said, is to provide a space for kids to safely hang out without getting in the way of pedestrians and bikers in places where skateboarders aren’t permitted – but feel they have to go because the skate park is over occupied.
For more info, visit facebook.com/EauClaireSkateboarders. If you're interested in supporting the skate park, you can send donations to The Community Parks Association c/o Eau Claire Skaters Association, P.O. Box 741, Eau Claire, WI 54701.