Skaters will get more space in Edwards |

Skaters will get more space in Edwards

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Daily file photoConnor Nelson, 10, practices his a handstand during a skateboard camp at Freedom park in Edwards this summer.

EDWARDS, Colorado ” Plans are in the works to expand the skatepark at Freedom Park in Edwards.

A 50-foot by 70-foot half pipe and cradle, which resembles a bowl tipped on its side, will be built, said Edwards resident Rick Cook, who spearheaded the building of the park.

The new park will be a collaborative funding effort between a handful of community groups and municipalities, including Eagle County, the Western Eagle County rec district, several Edwards metro districts, and the Rotary Club. The new features will cost about $200,000.

The county is expected to give final approval to the park on Tuesday, and Cook said building will begin next April and be completed in June.

Cook organized the building of the park after hearing about the need from other parents and kids. Kids on the sports teams he coached would complain about not having places to rollerblade and skateboard.

He thought the park could use some additions after talking to parents and skateboarders.

“This will be a great way to finish it off and make it state of the art,” he said.

County Commissioner Peter Runyon said the county is supporting addition because the skatepark has been such a success.

“It’s just been wildly popular,” he said.

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