Daily Record/Sunday News
Updated: 11/09/2013 12:48:53 AM EST
The fund-raising effort to repair and expand the Reid Menzer Memorial Skatepark in York has topped $400,000 and as a result, work will soon begin at the park.
The project, which will add 7,125 square feet to the park — a 35-percent expansion — will incorporate salvaged industrial objects to represent York’s manufacturing heritage. Lighting will also be added to extend the park’s hours after dark. Organizers also plan to establish a maintenance endowment to pay for the park’s upkeep.
Immediate work includes repair and restoration of cracks in the park’s decking, to be performed by Structural Restoration Services of Loganville. The work is expected to take 30 days. Bill Shipley, chairman of the fund-raising effort, said organizers wanted to those repairs done before winter.
The goal of the campaign is $500,000, and fund-raising efforts will continue.
“The York community is extremely generous, and this proves it yet again,” Shipley was quoted as saying in a news release. “We have a number of prospective donors still to reach in the next 30 days.”
The skatepark opened in September 2008 as a memorial to 14-year-old Reid Menzer, son of York Revolution General Manager Eric Menzer. Reid was killed when he was struck by a car while riding a street luge. The park is in York’s Veterans Memorial Park and was built entirely with donations.
To learn more about the Reid Menzer Memorial Skatepark and the capital campaign, visit www.reidmenzermemorialskatepark.org.