New Sunset Skatepark planned for Evansville Riverfront needs your help

A new skatepark planned for the Evansville Riverfront is raising funds to start construction.

Sunset Skatepark will be a free, accessible public concrete skatepark and will connect Mickey’s Kingdom Park to the new Evansville Water & Sewer Utility Pump Station on the Evansville Riverfront within Evansville’s Promise Zone.

The new park was just awarded a good start towards fundraising, too. The Skatepark Project, formerly known as The Tony Hawk Foundation, has awarded Evansville, Indiana’s Sunset Skatepark Project $10,000.

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Source: Sunset Skatepark

The current and only skatepark available in Evansville is Lamasco Park and was built in 2001. According to the Sunset Skatepark website, it is in disrepair. Volunteer Project Organizer for Sunset Skatepark, Heather Vaught, said that prefabricated skateparks like Lamasco only have a 10-year lifespan whereas concrete skate parks have a life span of over 30 years with little maintenance. Plus,  a concrete park can be customizable to Evansville’s Riverfront landscape and to the requests of the community.

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Source: Sunset Skatepark/Westly Coleman

There are lots of good reasons for a skatepark including exercise, socialization, and more that are all listed on the park’s website. They cite that Evansville is one of the largest cities in Indiana to not have a concrete skate park while many other Indiana cities have just built their very own in the last 5 years.

Vaught said they are still raising funds and finalizing a design for the park. The project currently has a GoFundMe fundraiser with a goal of reaching $50,000.

The plan is to break ground sometime this year.

To learn more, go to skatesunset.com.


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