Moreau, center foreground, spearheaded the effort to build a new
skateboard park at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs. To back up his
efforts, Moreau had help from his friends, left to right, Mike Camacho,
John Taylor and Matt Seaver. Post Independent/Kelley Cox
Skaters in Glenwood Springs say they now have a legitimate skate spot.
sick," said 17-year-old skater John Taylor, between hand-plants and
huge 360s on the new quarterpipe and partial bowl. "So much better than
the toys we had before. Now there is, like, no limit."
Goodrich drove her kids up from Grand Junction to check out the park
and then swim at the Hot Springs Pool Tuesday. Her 11-year-old son Luke
has just gotten more into skating and wanted to check out Glenwood's
Matt Seaver, left, and John "Neaner" Taylor demonstrate one of their
tricks while at the new skateboard park in Glenwood Springs. Post Independent/Kelley Cox Click to Enlarge
"I like it," he said. "(Before) It wasn't as nice as this, it was just a bunch of things stuck on concrete."
to upgrade the skate park at Two Rivers Park was completed by Oct. 29
after a little more than a month's worth of work by a company called
Grindline Skateparks Inc. About $60,000 of funding was obtained through
the city's parks and recreation department.
Jono Moreau, a
junior at Yampah Mountain High School, spearheaded an effort beginning
midway through the last school year to get the city to improve the
skate park. He said he got interested in lobbying city government with
the help of YMHS advisor Mike Podmore, and because he felt the skate
park was inadequate had been falling into disrepair.
"Neaner" Taylor shows off his skills at the new skateboard park at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs. Post Independent/Kelley Cox John Click to Enlarge
"We had one box that had a rail and a ledge," Moreau said. "That got old after two days of being there."
what the group brought, which was huge, was the interest and the
creativity to give us some very unique design features and make a park
that is very functional for a variety of level of skill," said parks
and recreation director Tom Barnes.
"Jono was there every step
of the way, which is a great credit to him," Barnes said. "He really
stepped up and worked hard to make this plan become a reality, at the
same time he understands you don't want to copy a Carbondale, you don't
want to copy a Rifle, you want to create something that complements
what's already in the area."
Carbondale has more intense
vertical elements and is recognized as a bit more extreme, while the
goal for this skate park was to incorporate more street-like elements.
Barnes was impressed enough with Moreau's knowledge and understanding
to give him the go-ahead to authorize minor park modifications during
Moreau said the improvements have raised or removed
the limit on how much skaters could improve when compared to the old
version of the park. The new version of the park allows for better
flow. Skaters can stay on their boards while transitioning between,
around and back-and-forth on opposing vertical walls and other
elements, according to Moreau.
"We like the way it flows because you can stay on your skateboard," Moreau said.
addition to the new bowl, quarterpipe, coping and smooth concrete,
there are also two rails, plus another addition in the works. Phase two
could be constructed in 2009, Barnes said. It would add about another
2,000 square feet of terrain to the more than 3,000-square-foot
completed segment, he estimated.
But funding for that phase may prove more
challenging. Moreau said a $12,000 matching discretionary grant from
the city may expire, and the Glenwood Skate Park Association Moreau
formed has raised only about $2,500 overall. Barnes said phase two
would cost maybe $60,000 or more.