- Saturday, October 15, 2011, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Steamboat Springs Construction on the Bear River Skatepark was completed almost exactly two years ago, and the 9,000-square-foot venue has enjoyed rave reviews since.
But that was only Stage 1, park officials said. A Saturday event at the complex will mark the start of Stage 2, which includes a new fundraising campaign and more terrain.
“We want to get everyone excited about the park and raise some interest,” organizer Jon Casson said. “This will be a kickoff for the second phase and first round of additions to the park.”
The event Saturday will begin at 9 a.m. with a work session to clean up the park and the area round it. There will be a barbecue and awards presentation from noon to 1 p.m. and a skate contest with prizes until 4 p.m.
The park first opened in November 2009 after nearly a decade of work and fundraising to make it a reality. Enthusiasts raised $60,000 through private donations and grants. The city added $50,000, and another $200,000 came through a Great Outdoors Colorado grant.
Casson said some of those sources may be tapped out, but that first effort can provide a blueprint for the park’s expansion.
Members of the Skatepark Alliance hope some of the funding will come from selling bricks that can be engraved. They will range in price from $150 to $1,000.
After that, the group hopes to secure grants for the next phase.
For more information, call Casson at 970-846-1599. Cash donations can be made in the name of the Steamboat Skatepark Alliance to the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.
— To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com