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Skateboard park honored

By BEN MCCARTY

News staff writer

February 17, 2007

The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District was recently honored by the organization Skaters for Public Skate Parks for its continual improvements of the park.

The award is for both the work that has been done to improve the park since its construction, and the plans that the district has to continue improving the park.

In a release announcing the award Chad Balcom, the regional director for Skaters for Public Skate Parks remarked that, “Complacency is not an issue in Hood River, as there are currently plans to replace both wooden ramps with comparable concrete elements. This offers an ideal skating experience, as many terrain options are available all with a single pristine park setting.”

District Director Lori Stirn said that the park is currently in “phase 2.7 of a four-phase plan,” and that that the district is planning to replace wooden ramps at the parks with concrete structures to better handle inclement weather.

“It is a very beautiful park,” Stirn said. “It is a real worthwhile investment.”

The district invested about $150,000 into the park last year, much of it from lottery dollars, and Stirn is glad to see the money paying off, both in usage of the park by the community, and in recognition by other agencies.

“It is nice to be recognized as a pristine park,” Stirn said.

Stirn has been glad to see the popularity of the park in the comminity, and hopes that even more people will come to enjoy it when the concrete rams are installed.

“Once we get the concrete it will be much more durable for the Oregon weather,” she said.

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