Youths pitch skateboard park |

Youths pitch skateboard park

Aspen Times Staff Report

Some movers and shakers in skateboard parks became movers and shakers in the board room of the Basalt Town Council this week.

Three Basalt-area boys who just completed sixth grade made a pitch to the Town Council Tuesday night for funding for a skateboard park. They have worked with town staffers on the preliminary design for an 83-by-83-foot empty parcel next to the Basalt Middle School off School Street.

Derek Seurynck, Kyle Logan and Brett Guglielmo outlined plans for a park with quarter pipes, pyramids, a fun box, a launch box or jump and “a really big rail,” at the park. Those are all names for obstacles or terrain changes, known as hits, that skateboard riders can use for tricks or special maneuvers.

Although there is a skateboard park down the road from Basalt at the Mt. Sopris Tree Farm, it’s not real inviting for younger kids, the youths reported. There’s a lot of smoking by older kids and the facilities have suffered from destruction and graffiti.

“It was open to everyone and really got messed up,” said Kyle.

The Town Council members had a lot of questions about the proposed park, but agreed it was an idea that warrants further consideration. Town Manager Tom Baker suggested introducing the proposal formally to the school district, which owns the proposed site.

“It would be nice to get this thing built this summer so the kids can use it,” said Baker.

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