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Belgrade Works To Build Skate Park

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 BOZEMAN - The city of Belgrade may soon be home to a new skate park.

The Belgrade Youth Forum is working to bring a new skate park to their town.

"We want to offer a lot more activity for our youth. There are a lot of adults who are skateboarders, but it's also another community venue where we can create community unity," said Morie Adams-Griffin, Belgrade Youth Forum.

In a survey done by the organization two years ago, high school students said that a swimming pool and a skate park would be their top two additions to community recreation.

Since then, the Belgrade Youth Forum and a skate board committee has worked to make one of the teens' choices a reality.

"The opportunity to not only give them a venue where they can stay out of trouble and they can learn something new," said Adams-Griffin.

The park would cover about 6,000 square feet and have more than 1,600 square feet of landscape surrounding the skating area.

"There will be rails, steps, the bowl, different transitions, so elements of slight inclines," said Adams-Griffin.

Owner of World Boards in Bozeman, Jay Moore said it would be great to see another skate park in the Gallatin Valley.

"It's something you definitely would want people to have available for them because there's more skateboarders in Belgrade than you might think," said Moore.

He said now, skaters from Belgrade usually come to Bozeman to shred.

"There's only one place for skateboarders in Bozeman and there's zero places to go skateboarding in Belgrade," said Moore.

The skate park is still in the beginning stages. Only $10,000 has been raised for the park, while the total estimated costs stand at about $250,000.

Adams-Griffin hopes to get the project going in the next year. If you would like to help out in funding the skate park you can call Morie at 600-0086.

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