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Contributed by: Joey Kirchmer/ on 7/17/2009Parks and recreation officials in the City of Northglenn are looking to residents to help build momentum for a campaign to construct a new skate park.

The city is in the process of applying for a $550,000 grant from Adams County to help fund construction of the park, which would be located on a 1-acre parcel on the southeast side of E.B.

Rains Jr.

Memorial Park, 11801 Community Center Drive.

Letters of support from the community could go a long way in securing the grant money, said Amanda Peterson, the city's director of parks, recreation and cultural services.

"We know there's support out there in the community," Peterson said.

Though support for a skate park in Northglenn dates back to the mid-90s, the city only recently began setting up the necessary framework to move ahead with a project, Peterson said.

City council set aside an acre for the park at a January 2008 meeting before earmarking $100,000 in unexpected funds stemming from a settlement later that spring.

Applying for the open space grant - which is due Aug.

3 - is the next big step in the process, she said.

Anderson is optimistic the proposal will be accepted, which first must go through the Adams County Open Space Advisory Board before being turned over to the county commissioners for approval.

"I believe we have a strong project and we have a strong record of following through with projects in the past," she said.

Preliminary plans call for a 15,000-square-foot concrete facility for skateboarders, inline skaters and bicyclists, she said.

The park would cost between $600,000 and $700,000 to build and could be completed as soon as 2011.

Though there are some other skate parks in neighboring communities, including one at 92nd Avenue and Eppinger Boulevard in Thornton and another at Sheridan Boulevard and Church Ranch Boulevard in Westminster, teens in Northglenn don't have a park within walking, riding or biking distance, she said.

"I think this offers an amenity for an age group we have not traditionally been able to provide for," Anderson said.

"We have beautiful playgrounds and a great trail system, but this could be something specific for the teens and young adults in our community." It would also provide a place where teens feel they belong, she said.

"A lot of people think a kid with a skateboard is going to cause trouble and we'd like to change that image in the community," she said.

"This park would give them a chance to skate in appropriate location and an outlet where they're not going to do damage to concrete." GOT SUPPORT?Send your letters of support to: City of Northglenn, 11701 Community Center Drive, Northglenn, CO 80223, Attn: Amanda Peterson.

E-mails may also be sent to [email protected], but please include a full name, address and phone number
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