May 14, 2013 6:22 PM
FLOUR BLUFF - Jensen Butler is excited about the ground breaking of a skate park in Flour Bluff. Community members came out to the event today at Wranosky Park.
Construction on the site should wrap up within six weeks after years of effort to get the project going.
"We just started the club 3 years ago in an effort to get the skate park built. Just so we can give the kids some place to go," says Laura Butts of the Flour Bluff Lyons Club says.
The club raised the $75,000 needed for the project.
"When I was raising my kids, we had our share of problems. We always thought that maybe we can help some of the kids in the future. If you can give them something to do, then it gives them a little more of a chance to get them off the street and not get in trouble," Butts explains.
In the last three years, the city gathered input from residents and skaters on what the park should look like-skaters like Drue Pollard says having a skate park nearby is great.
"Now we don't have to drive all the way in town or Port A is where we go to skate. It's a lot of gas money and a very long drive," says local skater Drue Pollard.
This is something skaters like Butler are grateful for.
"I think it looks awesome. I think we're gonna have a lot of fun with it. It should last awhile," Butler says.