July 1, 2010

New skate park opens Saturday

Kennebec Journal Staff

AUGUSTA -- The new Augusta Skatepark opens, officially, Saturday.

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Toebee Parkhurst rides a rail at the new skateboard park at Williams Playground, which will formally open Saturday in Augusta.

Staff file photo by Andy Molloy

The new park, at the city-owned Williams Park off Bangor Street, has already been open and in use for about a month. Saturday events will serve to officially open the park, with ceremonies starting at 2 p.m.

Mayor Roger Katz will speak and refreshments will be served, with a ribbon-cutting at 3 p.m..

A best-trick contest for skaters is also planned. It costs $5 to enter the contest, with proceeds going to Phase II of the project.

Phase I, which is open now, includes concrete areas and "street elements" including stairs and rails. Phase II plans include creating a large concrete "bowl" for more advanced skaters.

The skate park resulted from the work of the Augusta Skatepark Committee, led by Augusta resident and professional skateboarder Toebee Parkhurst, with support from local individual and business donors to the project, the Augusta Boys and Girls Club, the city Recreation Department, and Capital City Skate, according to organizers.

Overall, the Augusta Skatepark Committee is looking to come up with about $187,000 to create a 15,000-square-foot skate park once all phases are done.

More information is available and donations may be made at www.augustaskatepark.com.

The park was designed by Parkhurst with the help of Breaking Ground Skateparks and input from local skaters.

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