Leadville, Colorado — After several years of brainstorming, fundraising, digging and paving, the Huck Finn Park Project in Leadville is nearing its completion. Skate Leadville broke ground on the project in June 2013 to revamp an existing park, with the primary focus being the addition of a nearly 21,000-square-foot skatepark. Designed by Native Skateparks, the park will include everything from rails and stairs to ledges and bowls, with a variety of features for skaters of all ages and abilities. The design also features plenty of grassy areas and shade trees for spectators and has gone through several rounds of community feedback and revision to best fit the city’s needs.
Since the first meeting in 2010, the Huck Finn Park Committee has raised more than $1 million in funding and in-kind services for the project, including a $350,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado, $47,000 from The Daniels Fund, $25,000 from the El Pomar Foundation, $30,000 from the Gates Family Foundation, $25,000 from the Coors Foundation, $113,840 from the Department of Local Affairs and a $10,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation. The City of Leadville donated $32,500 in Conservation Trust Funds, and the local Elks lodge hosted a fundraiser that brought in $8,000 and contributed $800. Lake County donated $105,000 from Conservation Trust Funds designated for recreation, plus $114,000 in in-kind construction.
In addition to the skatepark, the project also involves repairing two tennis courts and constructing a new park building. After being resurfaced, the tennis courts will also be striped to accommodate younger players based on U.S. Tennis Association guidelines. The park building, which is replacing the old ice rink structure, will include an equipment rental area, restrooms, concessions, a family gathering area and storage space for the Zamboni and mower.
The grand opening is scheduled for July 27; stay tuned for details. More information can be found on the Skate Leadville website.