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Tama Skateboard Park Phase I equipment wins approval

September 13, 2013
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

There will be ramps, a "wedge", quarter pipe and more at the new Tama Skateboard Park under construction at 9th and McClellan streets. Tama City Council members authorized a draw of $16,000 from city reserve funds to pay for some $12,000 in skateboard equipment and to buy basketball hoops for a new court area.

The action came at a special meeting of the council on Monday night, Spet. 9. Voting in favor were members Kenny McAdoo, Crystal Kaufman, Steve Baier and Mike Carnahan. Absent was Robert Tyynismaa.

Tama Mayor Dan Zimmerman urged council members to back Skateboard Park Phase I while Phase II and III await private donations and fund-raising efforts.

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The new Tama Skateboard Park, a work-in-progress, is already proving popular. This was the scene at mid-afternoon on Monday after another early school dismissal due to high temperatures.

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American Ramp Company, Joplin, Mo. has designed the three-phase project. The cost of Phase II is $12,445 and Phase III is set at $10,895 in cost.

Another concrete pour is tentatively set for this Saturday morning, Sept. 14, to complete surface work for the basketball area. Volunteers are needed to help with the work beginning at 7 a.m.

Under study by the council is an exercise area also to be included which would be aimed at being accessible and beneficial l to differently-abled people.

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The Skateboard Park is being built on the site of the former South Tama schools tennis courts. New tennis courts at the high school and the relocation of South Tama elementary and intermediate schools prompted the school board to sell the court area to Tama for one dollar.

Now retired Tama Police Chief Dan Wlkens spearheaded the effort. A total of $12,598 in private and leftover police donations is being used to fund the concrete work with the city picking up the balance.



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