Vandalism must stop to expand the skate park


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A local attraction could be expanding. So, it’s back to the drawing board for skating at Voorhees Park.

The Skate Park could be entering phase two, but first city officials want to hear your ideas.

Even on a rainy Saturday Day-ton and Niccolas still spend their afternoon at the skate park.

“My first time jumping into the bowl with the bike was kind of scary but I got over the fear,” said Day-ton

For them it’s a place for freedom and friendship.

“If you’re having a bad time at the house you can just go here and chill,” said Niccolas

“Sometimes I just meet new friends here,” said Day-ton.

Now the city is hoping to expand the place they love.

“We really want to figure out what that next phase is of the skate park. With the Aquatic Center coming into Voorhees Park we really want to make that a destination down there,” said Mayor Duke Bennett.

With the expansion they hope to bring visitors from across the country.

“We would love to see the skate park expand to the point where we can bring in some statewide and regional events. We want to make it affordable but also meet the needs of those events so we can bring more people to Terre Haute,” said Mayor Bennett.

Graffiti and trash has become a growing problem at this park, and officials say for the construction to continue vandalism must stop.

“We just ask the public if you want us to continue to expand it you are going to have to help us police it,” said Mayor Bennett.

For now the planning stage continues.

“What we are trying to do now is determine what pieces, what components we want in a phase two and probably a phase three,” said Mayor Bennett.

Day-ton and Niccolas have a few ideas of their own.

“Some new ramps and a foam pit,” said Day-ton.

“I would like a half pipe,” said Niccolas.

A ground breaking could come as quickly as 2016.

There is no price point on the project as of yet.

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