Oct 6, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff WriterThe Central Wyoming Skating Association has been awarded its first grant, with $5,000 coming from the Tony Hawk Foundation to help build a skate park in Riverton.
The foundation has provided more than 500 grants to communities across the United States to help build skate parks that have served roughly 4.5 million youths, including groups in Lander, Cody, Worland, Guernsey and Cheyenne.
"It's not an easy one to get," CWSA chairman Chris McNeil said of the grant. "The kids have been working hard this year to raise money and help improve the city."
McNeil said the CWSA applied for the grant a month ago as part of its effort to raise more than $250,000 for a new skate park in Riverton. So far, the association has raised about $28,000. Once the members receive the grant money, however, they'll have to act fast.
"If progress isn't made in two years, they'll want their funding back," McNeil said of the Tony Hawk Foundation.
The CWSA will present their concerns, design ideas and grant award information to local officials during a future Riverton City Council meeting in the hope that support from the city can be confirmed.
"We want to ask the city to help with funding," McNeil said.
His group plans to apply for many more grants as soon as possible. The first phase of construction for the park requires about $50,000.
CWSA also has received other monetary donations, including from Scott's Welding, Apodaca Construction, First Interstate Bank, Rendezvous Medical and the Fremont Therapy Group. McNeil said several businesses and county organizations also have pledged to commit a monetary donation. CWSA has held fundraisers, concerts, raffled items, and placed donation boxes at local businesses as well.
The group has received help designing the new skate park, which it would like to build at City Park near Federal Boulevard.
Anyone interested in donating or sponsoring the skate park can call 851-6168 or visit skatewyoming.com.
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