Groundbreaking set for Villa Park skatepark
|Members of the Villa Park Skate Park Committee and Parks and Recreation Department, Villa Park trustees and local skaters celebrate the groundbreaking of a new, professional-level skate park being built next to the Iowa Community Center on Nov. 5.|
A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Monday on the new Villa Park skatepark as the village embarks on a project nearly five years in the making.
Since 2007, Villa Park resident Paulina Jimenez has campaigned and fundraised to have a professional skatepark built in town after seeing the poor condition of the existing one in town.
Under the heading of the non-profit organization she founded, Villa Park Skatepark Committee, Jimenez has secured donations and grants, including the Tony Hawk Foundation and Pepsi Refresh grants. She’s campaigned and fundraised with the help of other volunteers and Villa Park’s local skaters.
In July, the Village of Villa Park received an Open Space Land Acquisition grant for $239,600, which has helped make the skatepark a reality.
The new park will be located next to the Iowa Community Center and will include education resources for children, a butterfly garden, playground equipment, bocce ball and baggo courts, plus the poured concrete skatepark.
The entire project is budgeted at $470,000 and will be completed in two phases, the first being the skatepark itself.
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