On Monday one of my staff members called my office because someone wanted to talk to me about building a half pipe. I went down and met Will Coffey who is stationed in Petersburg with the USCG. He asked if i would mind him building a half pipe. I dragged him up to the ball fields, opened the container van and showed him the equipment we had purchased with grant money from American Ramp Company. He said he would have some friends get working on it Wednesday morning. By 5:00 Wednesday the container van was unloaded by hand by Will, Josh and me and pieces were staged in their approximate location.
Thursday afternoon i talked with one of the design engineers and got a walk-through of the steps to putting the system together. Matt Gerrits, Holly and Paul, Will and i worked on getting one ramp put together and the frames for the rest assembled.
Friday at 10:30 Matt and i met and started plugging away at the project. I called Earl Warner and he helped for an hour or so and when school let out kids started showing up. Word was out that the skate park was coming together. Will also showed up late in the afternoon and by 6:00 just about everything was bolted together and ready to ride.
As Matt said, he had been waiting 16 years for this day…
A huge thank you to the volunteers that put in the time to assemble the park. Future expansion is possible and with the interest that has been shown so far quite probable!