Changes are coming to Baraboo’s skate park, with the city and private donors joining forces to replace wooden ramps with concrete. Just when this may take place is up in the air.
On Monday the Parks Commission voted 4-0 to spend up to $3,000 to replace the wooden ramps, which have been burned and otherwise damaged, and remove the chain-link fence surrounding the skate park.
The upgrades will be funded with $1,500 in Parks Department money to be matched by a donation from skate park boosters who held a fundraiser last fall.
One of the organizers, Trent Capaul, said the group has raised $2,400 to support the Campbell Park skate park. Most came in during The Social, a September benefit that featured food, live music and an auction at Baraboo Social Club.
Capaul hailed the commission’s vote to remove the fence and install two concrete ramps.
“Not only will those improvements make it more inviting and safe, they’ll attract a larger number of potential and current skaters from the area to come ride the park,” Capaul said.
He asked Parks Director Mike Hardy on Tuesday to not replace the ramps this year, as the booster group hopes to raise more money and redesign the skate park entirely. Hardy said Capaul will have to ask the commission to delay the project.
Commissioners said removing the fence will improve the park’s appearance and prevent skaters from injuring themselves on it.
“It does look very institutional,” commissioner Angela Witczak said.
Hardy said the perimeter fence will have to replaced with a fence or barrier on a hillside to the south of the skate park to prevent park users from rolling into traffic.
Capaul, who developed a line of skateboards and founded the Kindness Co. last year, pushed for replacing the wooden ramps with concrete. He’d also like to see surveillance cameras installed to deter undesirable behavior.
Skate park boosters are planning a series of events that will start with an April 20 cleanup day. The Kindness Co. will sponsor 10 free skate camps this summer.