Skate park effort can still use community support

With the snow melting away over the past week or so, it has become clear that there is still some work to be done on the skate park being built in Marquette.

Unfinished platforms, stairways and other boarding structures are sitting at various stages of completion, but that is about to change.

A delay last fall pushed back completion until this spring, and a couple local construction companies are stepping into get the park done.

According to skate park committee member Nheena Weyer Ittner, Associated Constructors is supplying the concrete needed to complete the park and Bacco Construction workers will be laying the concrete and finishing it off.

Besides Bacco and Associated pitching in, other local contractors assisted with the project last fall.

Located at the corner of Pine Street and Fair Avenue, the effort to build a skate park began more than seven years ago and involved many groups and individuals. In 2006, the city of Marquette pledged $75,000 to the project, contingent on the skate park committee raising $150,000.

That total was raised and last July the city commission OK’d releasing the funds, and construction got under way soon after.

Even with the concrete work being finished up there is still some signs and landscaping that need to be done. In addition, the California company that came to town last fall and designed the park is still owed money.

With these still-to-be-solved challenges, skate park officials are seeking assistance from the community to tie up all the loose ends.

The park is certainly set in a prime location and should get a lot of use from area skateboarding enthusiasts, so we encourage area businesses, service clubs and individuals to lend some funds, materials or elbow grease to help create a skate park that will serve the community well for years to come.

Anyone looking to donate or get involved can contact the Marquette Community Foundation, which is acting as the fiscal agent for the project, at 226-7666 or Ittner at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum at 226-3911.