Local youth speak out in favor of skate park

By Chris Lovingood

June 25, 2014 Updated Jun 26, 2014 at 1:39 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria could be getting its very first skate park.

The Peoria Park District has agreed to seek $570,000 in grant funding for the project.

The Park District would be responsible for half.

A number of interested young adults filled the organization's meeting Wednesday to talk about why the city would benefit from such an attraction.

Some said it would give younger kids something to do, possibly to the evening hours.

"Keeps kids off the street, so they're not getting into bad things," said Dylan Gold. "If the park could get lights that'd be awesome, keep them out of the streets at night."

The park would go up where two slides currently stand at the Lakeview Aquatic Center.

The Park District has deemed the equipment beyond repair.

An opportunity those wanting the skate park said is ideal since Peoria
does not have one.

"Peoria's a big city," said Earl Born. "To not have a skate park is pretty surprising."

The skaters mentioned they already tried seeking funding from elsewhere, like the Tony Hawk Foundation.

But the group told them to try their local park district, which is exactly what skaters did.

If the application goes through, the "No Skateboards" sign at the aquatic center may have to come down.