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Lincoln Skatepark Association Open House Set For September 18

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Phil Burcher, LSA President, 402-617-4131, precisionskateboards@hotmail.com
Jon Taylor, LSA Communications, 402-435-7197, jptaylor@lincoln.ne.gov
 
Lincoln Skatepark Association Open House Set For September 18
 
The Lincoln Skatepark Association (LSA) invites residents to learn why Lincoln needs more skateparks at an open house from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, September 18, at 601 Calvert St., Suite D (Lincoln Budokan Dojo). The open house will feature a presentation on modern skatepark design, information about its signature drive, and a showing of the classic short film “Skaterdater.” Refreshments will be served and LSA members will be available to receive comments and answer questions.

“Progressive communities across the country know that adding modern, professionally-designed skateparks improves their quality of life,” said LSA President Phil Burcher. “Few public facilities promote tourism, health and wellness and serve a wide range of athletes as well as skateparks.”

In addition to giving roller skaters, skateboarders, cyclists, scooter riders and wheelchair users a safe place to exercise, Burcher said, skateparks make communities more attractive to high school and college graduates considering their next moves – and to young families looking for safe, healthy places to raise their children.
Burcher said that compared to similar cities, Lincoln’s roller sports athletes are underserved and the addition of a large, destination-sized skatepark (35,000 sq. ft.) is long overdue.

“A city of Lincoln’s size should offer at least 110,000 sq. ft. of safe, durable skating areas to fully support the hundreds of roller sport athletes that live here,” Burcher said. “With only 10,000 sq. ft. of skating area currently available in Lincoln, we plan to meet with Parks and Recreation Department officials about the possibility of South Haymarket Park as the site of Lincoln’s first large skatepark.”
 
As one of Lincoln’s newest nonprofit organizations, LSA’s current focus is to urge Lincoln residents to sign a petition in support of more skateparks. To sign the petition and learn more about LSA, visit lnksa.org. For more information on the open house, visit @lnkskatepark on Facebook.