A full-fledged skate park is on the horizon for Beaver Dam.
On Monday night, the Beaver Dam Common Council approved providing $25,000 in funding for the incomplete Patrick Parker Conley Skateboard/BMX Park in a 12-2 vote. The park is at the intersection of Fletcher Road and Beichl Avenue.
The $25,000 in capital projects borrowing was proposed by Council President Robert Ballweg, who said it was important to provide the money so the project would not stall. At the moment, the skate park doesn’t actually have somewhere to skateboard.
Local organizers have been working for years to raise money from donors. They have successfully put together designs, obtained skate equipment and completed site work that includes installation of a BMX track. In all, the city money will be roughly a fifth of what organizers will have raised in total.
“We really needed help to finish the last component before we run out of gas,” said Mike Erwin, one of the organizers for the skate park. “We have the design. We have the space. What we need is the concrete.”
The full council did not determine what the $25,000 will pay for, so it will go back to a committee to flesh out the details. Erwin estimated the park will be online by next spring.
Council member Cris Olson pushed to include the funds in spending approved by the council.
“The (skate park organizers) have been doing a wonderful job doing this purely on their own up to this point. It’s time for the city to step up,” he said. “At least we’re giving the kids looking to skate something at this point.”
Last year, the council’s operations committee rejected two bids to construct the skateboarding portion, delaying the project further.
In 2017, the city invested $19,000 at Patrick Parker Conley Park to create a fenced-in area for the city’s second dog park.