P-Burg opens skate park
by JESSICA HALE
PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg's new skate park was officially opened as teenage skaters tried out some of their best tricks for an audience of city officials on Monday.
It's been sort of a dream for Prestonsburg's Economic Development Director, Brent Graden, to provide a safe place for teenagers to practice their skateboarding skills other than on city streets, but it has been a long road to success.
"Just because skateboarders don't wear soccer uniforms and ride in minivans, doesn't mean they shouldn't have a place of their own," Graden said as he spoke to the onlookers present at the opening of the park.
Mayor Jerry Fannin was present at the opening, along with several Prestonsburg City Council members and employees of the Prestonsburg Fire Department, as well as former Archer Park Director Ralph Little, and newly appointed Director David Baldridge.
"It's taken a lot of hard work," Fannin said. "We weren't even sure if we could build the park, with insurance reasons and all."
Fannin also wanted to make sure both the skaters and their parents are aware of the rules associated with the park. Skaters under the age of 18 along with their parents must sign a waiver at the Archer Park Office before entering the skate park, acknowledging that they are aware of the risks associated with the sport and that they take all responsibility for accidents or injury which may occur.
Other rules at the park are participants must always wear a helmet, children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult, and drugs, alcohol or smoking are absolutely not permitted. Swearing or bullying will also not be permitted.
Josh Stevenson, one of the skaters present for the opening, said he's really glad to have the park.
"For a small park, it's a nice one," Stevenson said.
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