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Skatepark ready for use

Posted: Friday, Nov 2nd, 2012

Courtesy Photo A construction worker takes and after work break, testing out and enjoying the generous — and varied —bowl at the Montez Skatepark in Monte Vista.

Grand opening tentatively set during Rally in

the Valley

MONTE VISTA — Built by skaters for skaters, the newly completed Montez Skatepark is packed full of excitement — and excited skaters.

The grand opening is tentatively planned during the 2013 Rally in the Valley, and exciting plans are in the works, but it’s open free of charge to anyone who wants to skate.

According to Monte Vista Community Fund (MVCF) member Bob Bryning, Pillar Design Studios, LLC, a landscape architecture firm that specializes in skatepark design and construction, had a crew in Monte Vista most of the summer. Since the company is owned and operated by skaters, each project only uses professional staff members who are experts in their fields, as well as end users.

As soon as the track was ready, and after a long day’s work, Pillar crew members exercised and unwound on their boards.

The construction superintendent advised Bryning that his workers would quit if they didn’t get to use the park.

“Four guys on the team of six could go pro at any time,” Bryning observed.

Pillar’s team has been working together for more than six years, creating some of the most progressive and well-known skatepark facilities. The staff has been involved in more than 200 skatepark projects across the world.

The final product is an 11,000 square-foot skatepark, that includes a 8,500 sq.ft. snake run ranging from five- to seven-foot depths, a frame bank/ledge, china banks, step up gap, escalating quarter pipe, mini ramp with competition stair handrail hubba setup and much, much more.

In addition, the Montez skatepark has been nothing short of a local community effort, and that effort is continuing.

Next, lights will be installed and landscaping and fencing are planned for spring.

Trees will be planted sooner. Anyone interested in purchasing one of the first planting of twelve (12) trees in the Montez Skate Park may call 719-850-1994 for information. The purchases will take care of delivery, planting and an informational plaque at each tree. 

Pillar specialists observe that they have seen communities come together before to make skateparks a reality, but the generosity of this community moved them.

So did the park.

When a couple of boys showed up to sweep the track on a Sunday morning just after it was completed, the crewmembers looked at the boys’ boards and found that one needed good, professional wheels while the other boy was in need of some new bearings. The workers repaired the boards.

They told Bryning that they had just completed a skatepark in Italy and the local one is far superior — a good, fast, track with lots of variety.

Pillar’s crew will likely be back in June for the rally, along with members of the Tony Hawk Foundation, which kicked in some important funds.

The community truly came together for the skateboard park. Donations from Kiwanis and Rotary, the Elks Lodge, local dance contests, a multitude of sponsors, small and large donations from individuals, and in-kind donations from businesses raised funds to help leverage grants.

In the end, the Montez Skatepark project received two GOCO grants, one to purchase the necessary land for the skatepark and a second one for the design and construction of the park and its amenities.

A grant of $10,000 was received from the Tony Hawk Foundation.

This project could not have happened, however, without the dedication and commitment of the community.

Not only did MVCF members work diligently to raise funds, but many local businesses and the city of Monte Vista also pitched in. Bryning added a big thank you to the Monte Vista Fire Department and Cody Sullivan for making some great photos on the park possible.

By having items such as pre-construction labor, materials and equipment donated, more funds went into the actual square footage of the skatepark.

The Rural Electric Co-operative removed 21 trees that were past their prime and becoming a hazard, while Earth Movers removed all the stumps and the city handled much of the excavation and grading, to name just a few of the donated services.

The selected site is situated across from a very popular, state of the art, playground at Marsh School that often attracts out of town visitors and weekend traffic, so what better location for the skatepark?

With traffic lights already in place offering a safe crossing for users, the skatepark should be a great addition to that “destination” draw the playground already seems to have become.

Watch for more excitement.

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