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Published May 24, 2012, 09:09 PM

New Skate Park Supporters Need $65K

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A new park is in the works for skateboarders who are looking for a bigger playground to test out tricks.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A new park is in the works for skateboarders who are looking for a bigger playground to test out tricks.

The first phase of the project will cost about $215,000. Exactly how much the city and Park District will each spend in still undecided.

Park and city officials are leaving boarders to raise $65,000 on their own to show the need for a new park.

Every week a Park District committee meets to discuss future plans for fundraising the city's new park.

"They're visiting about which grants they should try to go after and then also put together a fundraising in which they can go for funds and different locations," Recreation Superintendent Bill Palmiscno said.

The current park across from the police station was built in 2008 and skateboarders say the equipment needs an update.

"I would definitely go door to door or whatever we have to do so I'd definitely help and support that," skateboarder Taylor Thompson said.

Skaters are hoping for a park similar to the one in Fargo.

"Something like that would be pretty awesome to see around here," Thompson said.

The $65,000 that will be raised by skaters can come from grants from groups like the Tony Hawk Foundation, which is famous for funding the building of new skate parks.

"One of these days we're going to have to get together and figure something out to make a lot of money," skateboarder Michael Norgard said.

Once skaters start fundraising efforts, the city and Park District will sit down to discuss how they will fund the rest.

"Visit about what contributions they can make and then they'll go out to the general public and figure out what contributions they can make from the general public," Palmiscno said.

When exactly the park will be built is still undecided. Officials say they're still waiting to see how things play out.

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