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New skateboard park damaged

Updated: Wednesday, March 19 2014, 09:59 PM EDT

Moundsville, W.Va. –

A new skateboard park opened up on Wednesday in Moundsville for neighborhood kids to finally have a place to skate.

The city of Moundsville raised $10,000 to put together a small skateboard park, located behind Three Springs Pool on Mulberry Avenue.

Mayor Gene Saunders said kids in the neighborhood have been asking for a skateboard park for some time now.

“I went to John Marshall and the middle school, and all the kids that I’ve talked to, their main concern was, ‘When are we going to get a skate park to have a place to skate?” Saunders said.

Damage to the skate rails was found before it even opened on Wednesday morning.

“Yesterday the rec department put the rail in and it was all barricaded to give the concrete a chance to set. Well, the kids came by and tore the barricade down, and went ahead and skated. Now the rail has to be taken out again, it has to be resurfaced,” Saunders said.

Saunders said this is just the start of the park and they plan to add more ramps, rails, a fence and a sound barrier -- but only if kids behave and respect the park.

“If this is going to continue to happen, we’re going to close the park before we opened it,” Saunders said.

Saunders and other city officials hope that the skate park will help keep kids safe and out of trouble.

“We have kids skating all over town. I’ve heard merchants complain about the kids and the damage they do skating at the banks, and this way we get them congested into one area and we don’t have to worry about these kids getting injured or being harmed,” Saunders said.

Saunders said it will cost about $11,000 to finish the park and they hope to have it finished by next year.

New skateboard park damaged


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