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Skatepark proponents roll plea to city council on Feb. 16

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The young proponents for a skatepark in Storm Lake will take their plea to the Storm Lake City Council on February 16.

"Basically we will try to convince the town that a skatepark will bring in people and money to the community as well as provide a safe place for the kids," says Shawn Steemke, one of the founders of a two-year petition drive calling for the park.

They will be distributing flyers encouraging young people, as well as parents and teachers, to meet with the council at 5 p.m.

Steemke said he grew up in California, and saw first hand the economic impact a skatepark can make in his own hometown. People will travel for a couple of hours to ride at a top-quality People will travel for a couple of hours to ride at a top-quality facility, he said.

Now 23, he has two small sons that he hopes to take to a Storm Lake skatepark one day.

He has also debuted a new myspace page dedicated to the project - at www.myspace.com/slskatepark.

Steemke said many young people were disappointed when the promised skateboard park was dropped from the AWAYSIS plan, but said that it is time for the youth of the community to work cooperatively with city leaders.

"We can understand the money aspect they face," he said. "We are hoping to have some fundraisers to help with that."

City officials agreed Monday to put the group on their agenda. The young people of the community appreciate the teens, adults and enthusiats from around the country and beyond who have helped them compile 300 signatures on their online petition, Steemke adds.

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