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Local skate community says they’re thrilled to have a brand new skate park

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RIVERSIDE SKATE PARK
Picture taken by Waterloo's Facilities/Project Manager, Travis Nichols

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - Although this year has brought unexpected circumstances, the Cedarloo Skateboard Association and the City of Waterloo were able to create one a positive addition to the community. They call it the Riverside Skate Park.

It took four years in the making, but the Riverside Skate Park has finally been built. With the help of Spohn Ranch, and a number of sponsors
The community was able to create a sustainable park for local skaters.

Most of the obstacles designed were based on recommendations through online input, and the biggest upgrade is the concrete infrastructure.

Waterloo originally having skate parks built on flood planes, they were prone to constant damage. Waterloo's Director of Leisure Services, Paul Huting said Waterloo has a large skating community and it was important they at least have a durable park.

"It's so much more durable than the old park. Obviously all concrete very durable and also it won't be impacted by the floods," Huting said, "it's about a thousand square feet larger than the old park.

"KWWL" was able to check out the park and local skaters say they were thrilled the park was finally built. Cedarloo Skateboard Association Vice President Marcus Steinhauer said skateboarding is fundamental for local youth, and it's important to invest in positive outlets, like a skatepark.

"There's so much potential here, not just for skateboarding, not just for the community, but as a person as well," Steinhauer said, "you get to be creative, you get to figure things out."

Waterloo and the Cedarloo Skateboard Association are working to install a seating area, as well as new lights. Their goal is to have an official grand opening by the beginning of October.

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Alaina Kwan

Morning Reporter

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