City of Casper works with skaters to improve K Street Skate Park
CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The K Street Skate Park is the only skate park in Casper. Despite being used by a variety of skateboard, scooter, bike, and roller skate users, the park hasn’t been well maintained.
“What we’re most excited about is that they’re talking about finally moving the rocks out of the front of the skate park and all of that sand and building a retaining wall so that it will be more structurally sound,” said 307 Skate Park Founder Copper Mack.
Part of the reason the park was not being taken care of? There was a miscommunication between the City of Casper and the Boys and Girls Club about who was responsible for maintaining the area.
“No one knew who was supposed to be maintaining it... so I reached out to our city and they figured it out for us pretty quick, and we were able to meet with those who are in charge of meeting with this area,” said Mack.
Last week Mack and nearly a dozen riders met with the City of Casper to collaborate on how to improve the K Street Park. Holes and other potential dangers were pointed out, and the city began to take action. A few days after the meeting, a jersey barrier that had shifted and was a point of concern was removed.
“The important thing about having a skate park that is safe for our community is that when it’s not safe they’re not going to come here. When skaters don’t have somewhere safe to go they’re going to go out on the streets... and it’s now out of necessity and not out of want that they’re doing that,” said Mack.
Even though the park has seen better days, kids and adults of all ages still use it as a way to get outside, and find community.
“I don’t know I’ve gotten a lot of friends out of skating and lessons to never give up even though how many times you eat it on the concrete you gotta keep doing it to get the trick,” said skater Dallas Dickinson.
According to a post on the 307 Skate Park Facebook Page, the city has sent out bids to companies to begin repairs on the K Street Park, but it won’t be done until late 2022 or early 2023, due to local companies being booked through September.
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