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Syringa Wireless Community Skate Park (City of Jerome)

Friday, October 9, 2015  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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The Jerome Skate Park Coalition was formed in October of 2012. The mission of the Coalition was "to build a skate park in Jerome, Idaho, that will provide a safe, challenging, and accessible park for the community and skate enthusiasts and to improve the health, wellness, and self-worth of the community." The Coalition was composed of 12 community members.

The Jerome Skate Park Coalition was able to raise awareness of the need for a skate park. This was truly a community project. The City, County, Recreation District, Syringa Wireless, Idaho Community Foundation, United Way, Rotary Club, Optimist Club, Girl Scouts, Tony Hawk Foundation, and local businesses all came together to make the project successful. The funds donated were in excess of $186,000. The City of Jerome provided the land for the park as well as a $15,000 monetary donation. The 7,200 square foot concrete skate park was completed May of 2014. After the completion of the park, the Skate Park Coalition decided to donate the park back to the City of Jerome. This was an exciting dream come true for many of the skaters in Jerome!

The skate park provides a place for children to express themselves in an individual and athletic manner. Skateboarding is one of the nation’s fastest growing sports and now rivals football and basketball as the most popular activities among youth. Skateboarding is an activity for all ages and is available year round. The park serves a much larger demographic than just the youth; it is a community park. Other benefits of the skate park include:

  • Helps diversify the physical activities available in the community
  • Promotes healthy lifestyles
  • Helps build social skills
  • Has a positive effect on the skater’s mental health
  • Reduces criminal activity
  • Attracts tourism

The Syringa Wireless Community Skate Park has had some positive unexpected outcomes. The greenspace surrounding the park, which was previously unused, is now busy with non-skaters. They gather for activities such as Frisbee, jousting and football. This project exemplifies the community unity that Jerome has and showcases one of the many accomplishments where public involvement was essential to the overall success of the project.

For more info, contact:

Mike Williams

City Administrator

208-324-8189 x 102

mwilliams@ci.jerome.id.us


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