(Lander, Wyo.) – On Monday night, the City of Lander Parks and Recreation Department held a dedication ceremony for the recently completed skate and bike park at North Park.
More than 50 people attended the ceremony, including many youth who spent the time skating and biking around the new facility.
Parks and Rec director Sara Felix played emcee and thanked the community members who were present for the support of the project over the last three years. “Now that it’s here, it seems like it was easy,” she said.
Mayor Mick Wolfe called the park a “wonderful addition to Lander” and noted the city’s general fund didn’t help with paying for the more than $200,000 project. He praised Felix’s work saying she “ram-rodded” the project to completion.
Lander School District Recreation Board President Susan Benepe also spoke. The recreation board provided much of the funding for the project. She recalled her son skateboarding in the past and she had a bumper sticker on her car that said, “Skate boarding is not a crime.” The skate boarders in the audience cheered.
“We are just glad to be a part of this,” Fremont County School District 1 Chairman Brett Berg said. The park is located on school district owned land that is leased by the city. “The real kudos here go out to the skate park committee.”
Caleb Wilson, a Lander Valley High School student who was involved in the design, thanked all the younger riders for coming and using the facility. He said he had been hopeful the new park would encourage more new riders to come use it. “It’s made it all worth it,” he said.
Committee member Judd Rogers thanked the community for coming together and making the park a reality. He urged them to put their forces together for the next big community project.
The short speeches were followed by skating presentations by some of the younger riders and refreshments.
(Joshua Scheer photos. Click to enlarge.)