Lyons has a new skate park 9.4

Written by David Green.

Tennis doesn’t appear to be a popular activity in Lyons these days, at least not as popular as skateboarding. With that in mind, Lyons Park Board members decided to convert half of the seldom-used tennis courts to a skate park.

After local skateboarders were criticized for building home-made ramps in village parking areas, they asked if a skate park could be built. The skaters were patient, said board member Bonnie Gorsuch, and they finally got their own skating area this summer.

Park board members are grateful for the donations of time, materials and money to construct the park.

“We have many people to thank for their generous contributions, the hours of work in building the ramps, and for the use of their equipment in placing the ramps in the park,” Gorsuch said.

Her list of people and businesses includes G&B Asphalt, Ramps.com, Rod Kurfiss, Bob Iffland, Rob Murd, Don Gorsuch, Lyons Christian Church VBS, Shawn Machacek, Village Mart, Sunny’s Campground, Todd Keefer, Steve and Linda Boger, State Line Farms, Steve Gillespie, Keri Schmitz, Nichole Jenkins, Diane Brandt and Jessica Double.

“Those who donated anonymously or are not listed here, we thank you and the skateboarders of Lyons,” she added.

Other park board members are Mary Vroman, Joan Tejkl, Shirley Venables and Jeff Avina.

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