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Tama Skateboard Park is starting to taking shape

August 31, 2013
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
More than 20 volunteers were on hand Saturday morning, Aug. 24, to assist with the first pouring of concrete for Tama’s new Skateboard Park at 9th and McClellan streets. And concrete was poured - a total of 82 yards according to City?Clerk Judy Welch.The Saturday work covered the north section of about 1/2 block in length. It will provide the main area for skateboarding. Left to complete the base work is a second concrete pour for the east 1/4 section. This area will include basketball hoops and an exercise area designed for differently-abled persons. Plans also call for a parking area with the remaining old blacktop tennis court surface to be improved, Welch said. Work is expect to continue next week on the project. The Tama City Council is expected to discuss funding for skateboard equipment during their regular meeting on Tuesday Sept. 3 (changed from Sept. 2 due to the Labor Day holiday). A proposed design for ramps and equipment for the park was unveiled at the city council meeting on Aug. 19. It calls for equipment to be added in three phases over a three-year period at a total cost of $35,812. Donations from private citizens and some leftover police donations totaling $12,598 are on hand. The council has already planned to make up the difference for the preparation of the site and concrete work which was orignally estimated at $19,600 in cost in 2009. Manatt’s Inc., the concrete supplier has said they are giving the city a brak on the price of the materials. The park was first envisioned by now-retired Tama Police?Chief Dan Wilkens in 2009. It is being built on the site of the former South Tama schools tennis and basketball courts. The location was once between Tama High School on West 9th Street and the elementary school on State Street between 8th and 9th, both a block away. The site was sold by the school district to the city for one dollar after new school buildings were built.

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Volunteers work pouring the surface for Tama’s new Skateboard Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 24. More than 20 helped out with the initial pour.
News-Herald photos/John Speer

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