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An area in the southwest corner of Sommers Landing Park (on the left side of the photo) has been proposed for a skateboard venue in North Hudson to serve the 8-15-year-old age group in the village. Photo by Jon Echternacht
An area in the southwest corner of Sommers Landing Park (on the left side of the photo) has been proposed for a skateboard venue in North Hudson to serve the 8-15-year-old age group in the village. Photo by Jon Echternacht

Skate park is topic of North Hudson public hearing

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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

A village park in the northwestern part of the community could become a skateboard venue in North Hudson if approved.

Trustee Colleen O'Brien-Berglund said a public hearing on a proposal to convert a portion of Sommers Landing Park, where Fourth St. N. and North End Road converge, into a skateboard area will be conducted at the Park Board's Dec. 8 meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Village Hall, 400 Seventh St. N.

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"We invite residents to attend the meeting and express their interest and concerns," said O'Brien-Berglund, who is chair of the Park Board Committee.

The proposal was first unveiled at the Nov. 6 Board of Trustees' meeting. Resident Susan Overson, who has worked with the National Park Service as a landscape architect-planner for nearly two decades, did some exhaustive research on design and cost for the project and presented her findings.

"My interest in researching and developing a small skate park or skate spot was partially inspired by my kids' passion for the sport," Overson said.

She said that skateboarding is the No. 1 non-team sport for members of the 8-15-year-old age group, who need a place they can easily get to on bike or foot.

Both Overson and O'Brien-Berglund said there is a void in recreational opportunities for that particular age group in North Hudson parks.

When older teens get a driver's license, they can drive to a number of skateboarding venues throughout the east metro area.

Overson said Roberts has installed a skate spot about the size being considered for North Hudson.

The early research points toward pre-cast concrete ramps for the skate spot. "They are more maintenance-free and quieter," said O'Brien-Berglund.

The best news is that the money for such park improvements is probably already available.

The village has established a park development fund. Village officials said some of the money came from developers in lieu of land, and $5,000 from the general fund is added to it each year.

Overson estimated the cost for the project between $15,000 and $20,000 in Sommers Landing Park using concrete ramps and pad. The venue in Roberts cost $10,000.

Village administrator Gloria Troester said the Park Development Fund had $55,000 earmarked for park equipment going into 2009.

O'Brien-Berglund said that a skate park doesn't require any more liability insurance than is currently in place for parks.

If the proposal gains approval from the entire Board of Trustees, O'Brien-Berglund speculated work on the project could begin in the spring. Overson, who has lived in North Hudson since 1997, joined the Park Board in 2006. Her interest in developing a skate spot in the village is enhanced by her two teenage sons, who are involved in the sport.

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