New Skate Park in Works

Skate boarders in Thomasville may soon have a new facility to call their own. The Butler-Mason YMCA plans on building a skate park for the youngsters.

The art of skate boarding involves skill, precision and plenty of energy, all of which these guys posses, but they say there's one obstacle they're facing.

Greer Cox, the YMCA director, says, "I had a lot of skaters in the parking lot of the Butler-Mason facility. I asked them to come in and tell me what they were interested in having for them, they said they would love to have a skate park."

Staff at the YMCA plans to build a skate park where the old tennis courts are. They hope to raise $300,000 by the end of next year to get things rolling.

Skate boarders say they're glad they have this facility at the YMCA to do their skateboarding, but they say an actual skate park means more room for new tricks."

"I'd like the skate park because I can do more stuff on ramps, it's a lot more fun than doing it on the ground," says JD Hearst.

Cox adds, "We'd like to have a skate park where these young people can come off the streets and go into the park, be safe and have a good time."

And most importantly, a place for these skaters to hone their skills.

The Butler-Mason YMCA has scheduled its first fundraiser for the skate park project. It's a swim party next Saturday, July 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information call the YMCA at 229-226-0133.