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Edwards skaters getting more room for tricks

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyAvon resident Kaya Lavigne, 5, practices a new trick Tuesday on a feature at the skatepark in Edwards. Lavigne's mother said he spends time at the skatepark every day.

EDWARDS, Colorado ” On a busy afternoon, the Edwards skate park is buzzing with skateboarders, rollerbladers and BMXers of all ages and abilities.

A group of teenage rollerbladers zoom around in what looks like a giant, oddly shaped, concrete swimming pool.

Several little tikes, looking like bobble-head dolls with their oversized helmets, pull impossible-looking moves among the concrete structures with ease, while several adult skateboarders pull ollies nearby.

Many of them are pretty happy that the park will be expanded next summer. The improvements will add a half pipe and a cradle ” like a bowl tipped sideways ” on the west end of the very popular park.

County commissioners approved the plans for the expansion and contributed $40,000 to the efforts on Tuesday.

Avon resident and skateboarder Dan Purtell said he’s glad to see the expansion. He’s looking forward to using the half pipe, and the cradle will be fun for more advanced skaters, he said.

“That kind of thing is popular here,” he said. “It’ll just attract more skaters. It’ll be pretty cool.”

The wind, which tends to rip through the park, might be block by the new features, he said.

Gypsum resident Steen Lemon said the improvements will add a lot to what is already a good park.

“I’ve seen some local parks in other places that are just a flat piece of concrete with a bunch of prefabricated ramps,” he said.

Rick Cook, the Edwards resident who spearheaded the park and the expansion, said he wanted to build it after hearing about kids’ difficulties in finding places to rollerblade or skateboard.

Purtell that before the park was built, he would either drive to Silverthorne or find places to skate behind buildings and in parking garages.

“They didn’t like that too much,” he said.

Besides the county, other contributors to the park include Berry Creek, Edwards and Arrowhead metro districts, the Western Eagle County rec district, the Rotary Club and other private donors.

Plans are to break ground next spring and have the park open for the summer, Cook said.

“It’s a great addition to already existing skatepark, which has proved to be a wonderful outlet for young people to hone their skateboarding skills, right in their own backyard,” said Commissioner Sara Fisher.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.

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