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$35,000 raised for skate park so far

August 12, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- At the Morgan County Parks and Recreation meeting Wednesday night, board president Kenny Mason said the Berkeley Springs Bike and Skate Park (BS2) has collected about $35,000 toward construction at Harmison Field.

BS2 will spend the money for the concrete pad that will begin the project, board member Jim Slough said.

BS2 members are to meet with the Parks and Recreation board Aug. 27 with plans and cost estimates, he said.

Board member Gordon McLeod said BS2 will then raise money to add to the skate park piece by piece.

He said local resident Jennifer Landis said she had fundraising experience and was interested in helping with the skate park.

"We will continue to advise them," McLeod said.

Mason said BS2 has a contract with Parks and Recreation through March 2010, and until the contract expires, BS2 will continue to raise funds for the project.

"We will stand behind them," Morgan County Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson said.

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In March, the skate park's design was approved by the Morgan County Commission, which owns Harmison Field and is maintained by Parks and Recreation.

Nate Wessel, of Wesselbuilt LLC, a world-renowned skate park builder, designed the L-shaped 167-foot-by-179-foot area for BMX and skateboarding, said Matt Hovermale, one of the BS2 organizers.

The next step was raising the $400,000 to build it.

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