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Brown County Breaks Ground On Skate Park

Founding teenagers turning soil with representative of honoree

The project was started following a ban on skateboarding in local schools. (Tyler Lake / WTIU)

Brown County leaders broke ground on its first skate park Monday. It will be located in the Deer Run Park in Nashville.

The Greg Watson skate park is named after a community member who founded the Family Funds Center and worked with teenagers in the community.

Colleen Smith is a “parent-adult leader” for the project. She says the park will fill a void in the community for teenagers. 

“There’s really not a lot for this age group of kids in our community, and we’ve had three generations of people telling us ‘oh we’re so glad there’s finally something in this community for teens,” says Smith. "So I just think they all wanted to see it happen and they all wanted to do their part.”

Smith says the idea to build a skate park came up after the school banned skateboarding. The community raised more than $60,000 and received some grant money. 

Smith says the fundraising was a group effort.

“There was this one little girl who came racing by the booth. And she stopped and talked to us for a little bit, and then she raced away. Next thing you know, she comes racing back cause we told her about the park and to ask for a skateboard for Christmas. She pulls out a pocket full of change and sticks it in our bucket," says Smith.

Smith says that the park should open by the end of June. 

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