April 18, 2018 06:47 PM
In addition to the X Games in Minneapolis showcasing skateboarding on a grand scale, the local scene in Minnesota could be getting a boost at the State Capitol.
There's a push underway to create a one-time, state-funded program that would provide $2 million to build a regional skate park.
"So we're talking about a large skate park that would be somewhere in the (Twin Cities) metropolitan area," Paul Forsline of City of Skate said. "And it would be somewhere we could have events.
"Maybe we could have Olympic qualifier (the sport will make its Olympic debut in 2020)."
Forsline has been working the last five years to get skateboard parks funded.
He said another $3 million would be used as matching grant money for local communities around the state that want to build a skate park.
Plus, there would be extra money to use in the hiring of technical experts, so cities build a high-quality skateboard park.
Matching dollars can be in the form of a donation of land or cash.
DFL State Senator Scott Dibble said the Amateur Sports Facility Commission would run the program. He said there would also be criteria that must be followed.
"One criteria is that these grants be distributed on an equitable basis," Dibble said. "Distributed geographically throughout the state."
Dibble said the bill he's backing will be added to the bonding bill.
At the local level, Hennepin County's Youth Sports Program awarded the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board $250,000 for a skate park at Central Gym/Park on 4th Avenue.
Tabari Cook, a professional skateboarder from Minneapolis, said he's thankful for the interest in skating.
"To be able to grant skaters $250,000 to hopefully build something amazing for our culture is phenomenal" he said.
Updated: April 18, 2018 06:47 PM
Created: April 18, 2018 05:35 PM
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