Medina will present conceptual design of new skate park on Saturday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 November 2020 at 9:18 am

Public welcome to give feedback for new setup at Butts Park

MEDINA – The Medina Skate Society and village officials will do a presentation on Saturday about a new skate park.

Lee-Whedon Memorial Library will host a display with a conceptual drawing of the skate park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be comment and question period from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The designer of the park will be available by a conference call to share his ideas of the park.

The Skate Society was able to secure a matching grant to upgrade the park with up to $250,000 from the Tony Hawk & Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundations. Medina was up to $215,000 in local funding in August. It has until Nov. 30, 2020 to see if it can fully maximize the grant.

The new skate park will be named in memory of Luke Nelson, a skateboarder from Middleport who often used the park. He was 23 when he passed away on April 22, 2017. His family has donated to the park and helped organize the fundraisers to upgrade the site.

The Skate Park is at Butts Park on South Main Street. That park will continue to be a memorial for John Butts, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his valiant actions in World War II.

The new public concrete skate park will have a smooth surface and new equipment for skaters, bikers, scooters and in-line skaters. The park will also be an architectural work of art, said Alex Feig, president of the Medina Skate Society.

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