STURTEVANT — The new skate park at Sturtevant’s East Park was filled with dozens of skateboarders, bicyclists and scooter riders when it opened this week.
“It’s awesome … word got around quick,” said Kailyn Daum, a Sturtevant resident who advocated for and helped design the attraction at 2845 87th St.
Daum isn’t a skater herself. But she has helped organize parks events in the past in Sturtevant, and she always wished there could be a dedicated place for skaters to congregate.
“There’s so many kids who are enjoying this,” she said.
Simon Freeman, a 2017 Case High School graduate, lives less than a mile away in Mount Pleasant. He was skateboarding at the park Thursday, and plans to return frequently.
“It’s close by, and it’s a well-built skate park,” Freeman said. “We’d have to drive 40 minutes for something else like this.”
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Two years of planning pays off
The Sturtevant Village Board started discussing the idea of building a skate park two years ago, in December 2017. The idea was continuously kicked around and the design tweaked repeatedly during that time.
Construction started last month. The skate park — which is situated in an oval, with rails on both straightaways, a modified bowl on one side, and a ramp on the other curve — was built by Oregon-based Evergreen Skateparks.
Although the oval itself is done, the work is not 100% complete. Mud still surrounds and remains in the middle of the oval.
Village Trustee Carrie Harbach, who spearheaded the skate park’s creation, said it still needs a portable toilet and a gravel path is to be added soon.
“In the spring we will work on lighting, signage and landscaping,” said Harbach. “I am very pleased with the build, and I hope it brings years of healthy activity to all ages. I am so happy the board supported the project, and I had a motivated committee to work with over the last two years.”