The Sunnyside City Council is continuing to investigate the possibility of installing a new skate park in town.
This past September, Arnold Zepeda and several other young men asked the city council to move the skate park at Sunnyview Park within the city limits. The men said they had been banned from skating around town and wanted a safe place here to enjoy their hobby.
Superintendent of Public Works Shane Fisher said the city has contacted a few firms that provide skate parks to cities and got some cost estimates. He said building a park would cost between $300,000 and $500,000, depending on the design.
The city has also looked at grants for such a venture. The skate park at Sunnyview cannot be moved because it was built with a 20-year grant. Fisher said new grants would likely require a 50 percent match from the city.
Fisher recommended sending the issue to the parks and recreation board for further study, and the council agreed.
Councilman Dean Broersma said he wanted to know what the community’s interest is in building a skate park.
“I still think it’s something that’s valuable,” said Broersma. “Those young men seemed pretty committed to getting something done here in town. I have a lot of respect for their courage to come up before us.”
Broersma urged people who are interested in the project to contact the city, the council or the parks and recreation commission members.