Skate park, arise

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  • LOREN BENOIT/Press File Nathan Ope Baker practices his frontside rock trick last summer at the temporary skatepark at 1355 Best Ave. in Coeur d’Alene. Despite a blip in financing, the skate park project’s construction is still on schedule. The park should be ready to carve by late summer 2018.

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    Despite a blip in financing the skatepark project, construction for park is still on schedule. The park should be ready to carve by late summer 2018. (LOREN BENOIT/Press)

  • LOREN BENOIT/Press File Nathan Ope Baker practices his frontside rock trick last summer at the temporary skatepark at 1355 Best Ave. in Coeur d’Alene. Despite a blip in financing, the skate park project’s construction is still on schedule. The park should be ready to carve by late summer 2018.

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    Despite a blip in financing the skatepark project, construction for park is still on schedule. The park should be ready to carve by late summer 2018. (LOREN BENOIT/Press)

COEUR d’ALENE — Funding for a new Coeur d’Alene skate park is coming down the half-pipe.

The city of Coeur d’Alene Parks and Recreation Department, along with the city’s urban renewal agency, will assure it.

Since the original park at Garden Way was dismantled last summer as part of the city’s Four Corners construction project, local skaters have migrated to a small lot along Best Avenue near 15th Street to roll their wheels.

The lot was empty on a clear and cold Tuesday afternoon that whiffed of winter, but the work of its supporters was evident.

Rails, boxes, a jump and quarter-pipes set up last summer by refugee skaters — waiting to return home to a new park — sat idly in the December shade of a nearby building.

It wasn’t apparent to a passerby that the shadows that befell funding for a new park had been lifted.

Earlier this year, funding sources for a state-of-the-art, $400,000-plus park that was scheduled to be built near the former Garden Way site took an errant heel flip.

The city’s Parks and Rec Department, which had planned to kick in half the projected cost, was waiting on grant money that didn’t materialize.

The city’s urban renewal agency, which had offered to pay $200,000 toward the project, stepped up, however, pitching in an additional $150,000.

That left Parks and Rec with a $50,000 tab it filled through its capital funds. The move was recently approved by the parks board, switching on the green light for the project to move forward as planned.

“It was approved,” Parks and Rec director Bill Greenwood said. “Commissioners said that was the perfect funding source. That’s what those funds are designed to do.”

Despite the blip in financing the project, construction for the Coeur d’Alene Skate Park is still on schedule. The park should be ready to carve by late summer 2018.

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