STRASBOURG – It doesn’t have to be extravagant. If it’s built, they will come.
This is the direction that the Tribute to Trent Williams Skatepark is now taking to realize a dream of many years.
“This is supposed to be for scooters, bikes and all things,” said Jennifer Williams, Trent’s mom. “We don’t want this to be skateboarding specifically.”
Trent Williams was 8 years old when he died of cancer on July 29, 2012. He did not skateboard but rode a scooter and his older brother, Caden, had started skateboarding.
Former city police chief Tim Sutherly helped launch the idea, along with Trent’s mother.
The committee of a handful of people, including Mayor Brandy Boies, meets regularly and organizes fundraisers to pay for the skatepark, estimated in 2019 at $ 150,000.
The committee raised $ 40,000, mainly by selling hot dogs and other concessions.
“We just need help,” Boise said, to continue the project.
On Wednesday, the committee met at the municipal park for anyone interested in the project.
Wyatt Vaught, a Strasbourg resident who skateboarded, told the group that he had visited skateparks in other localities that may have lavish features, but still don’t live up to the fun. could feel it.
Other parks have 15-foot “bowls” that skaters can fall into, but it requires advanced skills to take advantage of them, said a Strasbourg resident, who declined to give his name.
“A lot of people are in your way,” said participant’s son Tyson Bragg, 9, of people standing around another park with added functionality.
Strasbourg could simply lay a concrete slab and allow skaters to bring their own rails and skating ramps, Vaught explained. He devised a quick concept involving a ramp at each end of the concrete and a crushing rail and box in the middle.
“You could literally put on a rail, a box and be done, and just say ‘more coming soon’,” Vought said. “And people used to come here …”
With $ 40,000, Vaught said he could build a better setup than what he designed in his backyard yet. But for the park to be on public land, leveling to allow drainage and a higher standard of finished product will take a bit more work, Vaught said.
“It’s intermediate,” Vaught said of the scope of his plan.
As the park is located on public land, the committee also discussed insurance and liability coverage for it. Boies said she would research city politics.
A smaller-scale park creates less risk, Vaught said. Fewer restrictions, such as not requiring a helmet, may prevent the possibility of receiving public insurance coverage, but will also attract more users, Vaught said.
The park is approved by the city park master plan for its location in the municipal park west of the main entrance.
City councilor John Massoud, who was present at the meeting, expressed his support for the project, while explaining that previous council members had not supported the project for fear of insurance requirements.
The committee discussed the possibility of contacting companies willing to donate working hours or otherwise contribute to the construction of the park.
The park has been discussed at recent city meetings as a place for children to skate and ride bikes and scooters, rather than the narrow, busy streets of the city.
A Facebook page called “A Tribute to Trent Williams Skate Park” lists more information, including ways to donate to the cause.
“If you do it right, Strasbourg will be one of those points of interest to visit,” said Vaught.