City council submits grant to improve Miracle Skate park

April 5, 2018 GMT

NORFOLK - Improvements to Miracle Skate Park are a step closer to becoming a reality after a decision by the Norfolk City Council.

During Monday night’s meeting, Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District Community Planner Jan Merrill, told council members the City of Norfolk is requesting the submission of an application for Tourism Development Grant funds in the amount of $350,000.

Merrill said the improvements would include handicap accessibility for both participants and spectators.

Anthony Johnson the President for Good Life Action Sports spoke in favor of the improvements saying the condition of a skate park could result in attracting tourists.

“Skate boarding used to not be consider such a tourist attraction, now that’s what it is. I’m 45 my oldest son is 25, my youngest 13, I got a grandson who’s seven, and we all skateboard. We’ll travel 700 miles to go visit (skate parks) and we skip the towns that don’t have a skate park” Johnson said.

“We want to go to the modern skate parks and travel around the town to see what it has to offer - but it’s the skate park that gets us there” Johnson added.

The council voted unanimously to submit the grant application.