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Community pulls together to construct skate park

September 7, 2012
By STACEY KUKKONEN , Houghton Daily Mining Gazette

LAKE LINDEN - When a need for a skate park was recognized in Lake Linden, officials quickly jumped at providing one for the many youths who would use one.

Wednesday, the village of Lake Linden completed installation of a large skate ramp at the Lake Linden Park to bring more youth activities to the area, village Clerk Bob Poirier said.

"The village and volunteers have constructed two skate park structures," he said.

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Lake Linden village volunteer Andrew Goldsworthy pieces together a skate ramp located at the Lake Linden Park on Wednesday. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo by Stacey Kukkonen)

Purchased with a grant from the Keweenaw Community Foundation, officials in the village were able to construct the two skate ramps for boarders to use.

A few weeks ago, a smaller structure with a grind rail was put in place in the village park on a cement slab near the marina.

The project was completed Wednesday with the addition of a second, larger ramp.

Poirier, who solicited funds and supervised the construction, said skateboarders use different structures around town to skateboard, even if the location is not approved for skateboarding.

"They definitely needed a place," he said. "They didn't have a formal place to go. This works out well for everybody."

Poirier said the skate park is manageable, being right in the village park, and officials can control the hours of operation. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The plans for the bigger structure were found online and consist of two ramps with a platform and a grind rail.

"It's 22 feet long and 8 feet wide," Poirier said.

Both are made out of treated lumber and local youths have taken responsibility for the maintenance.



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