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By Sage Kamps and Jaken Shelton
Lincoln Skate Park Committee 

Skate Park Committee seeks approval from County Park Board


Last updated 12/19/2018 at 10:56am

Armed with letters of support from the Upper Blackfoot Community Council and the Hooper Park Board of Directors, five Lincoln School students braved a blizzard and scheduling mishaps to present their plan to build a skate park in Hooper Park to representatives of the Lewis and Clark County Park Board.

The five students had been planning this trip for a few weeks. The students worked very hard to prepare their presentation, making sure it was informative and clearly showed their objective.

They were prepared, but still very nervous. The absence of the student who was originally supposed to present the plan threw a little wrench in the plan. Makenzie Storey, the original speaker, couldn’t make it, so Maya Whittneberg had to step in and lead the group.

Before the presentation, Whittenburg had this to say when asked if she was nervous: “I am a little bit, and that would mostly be because I’m not used to public speaking. Makenzie isn’t here and that makes me freak out a little bit because I look to her for support.”

That wasn’t the only little hiccup they had to overcome to present. It was a bad day for driving thanks to freezing eight-degree temperatures and blizzard-like snow, and when they got there, they found the Lewis and Clark Country Park Board changed the date of the meeting to Dec. 3, instead of Dec. 4, as the skate park club had been told.

Reed met with just a couple representatives of the county park board, and the group presented to them.

Even with several challenges to overcome, their presentation was successful. Although the results of the meeting were not conclusive, the county requested more information about the skate part design and costs. The subject is on the Lewis and Clark County Park Board’s agenda in January, hopefully for an action to approve the location of the Lincoln skate park.


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