Completion of the second phase of the Yamaguchi Skate Park will be part of the 2016 budget, according to a motion made by the Pagosa Springs Town Council Tuesday night.
Once Councilor Kathie Lattin’s motion was seconded and everyone voted in favor, the council received a standing ovation from the audience.
Councilor Clint Alley smiled as he asked Town Clerk April Hessman if she would include the applause in the official minutes of the meeting.
Over the years, a number of people have put a lot of effort into creating the town’s skate park.
Jonathan King, one of the founders of a grassroots organization called the Skaters’ Coalition for Concrete, said, “I built the original skate park on the concrete slab over there in South Pagosa Park. We’ve had this thing going for six or eight years.”
King explained that, in the beginning, the Skaters’ Coalition looked at several different locations for a permanent skate park (the original skate park in South Pagosa Park was a temporary, wooden structure) and had the plans redrawn several times. Each time the plans were redrawn it cost the Coalition time and money.