We were quite excited to see ground break this month on a new skatepark at the intersection of Cedar Street and South Main Street. Located on a piece of Town land near the entrance to South Main, the park grew from efforts of Chaffee County High School (CCHS) student Caleb Green who helped write a grant with a classmate and Town Engineer Rachel Friedman as a CCHS service learning project. $185,000 in grant funds were awarded last summer by Great Outdoors Colorado (the same organization which has helped fund extensive River Park improvements around South Main) for design and construction of the park.
“The skatepark project is really important to me as a skateboarder,” Green told the Chaffee County Times. “What we have now isn’t challenging enough. We want people to say, ‘Let’s go to BV because they have an awesome skatepark,’ and have the intensity of a larger park here in a small town.”
It’s exciting to see the incredible growth in Buena Vista’s public amenities like the skatepark in recent years. Whether it’s the ongoing whitewater park and trail improvements, the Buena Vista Boulder Garden and Rocks and Ropes park, the Buena Vista Disc Golf Course, or the new Pump Truck. And virtually all of these projects began at the grassroots with community members who saw an opportunity to further enhance Buena Vista’s reputation as a destination for outdoor adventure.
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