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Evansville’s Sunset Skatepark design being finalized

Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 7:56 AM CDT|Updated: Nov. 4, 2021 at 5:39 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Sunset Skatepark is coming to the Evansville riverfront as the city approved $650,000 for the project.

Officials say it will be an accessible public concrete skatepark on the riverfront within Evansville’s Promise Zone.

They say the project will connect the current Mickey’s Kingdom Playground to the new Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities Pump Station Project, right along the Greenway.

“It’s been really exciting,” Heather Vaught, the volunteer organizer of the project said. “I’ve been working on it for a few years, but there’s people long before me who have been working on this for almost a decade. I think it was very exciting for everyone yesterday to get that last big chunk of funding.”

According to city leaders, Sunset Skatepark has raised more than $800,000 due to support from the skate and bike community fundraisers, community partners and grants.

Officials say they are currently finalizing the design of the skatepark before the second input session with the skate community.

“Everyone is extremely excited about it,” Matt Glick, owner of Cure Skateshop in Henderson said. “The one skatepark in Evansville that already exists is decades past its lifespan.

“They skate it out of necessity, not out of enjoyment. Having skateboarders’ input on things is going to make it flow better, it’s going to make it more enjoyable for everyone that’s using it.”

City officials say they plan to have the park completed by the second quarter of 2022.

Sunset Skatepark will be an upgrade to replace Lamasco Skatepark that opened in 2001.

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