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Des Moines skatepark reaches $6.3M funding goal

October 14, 2019 GMT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Backers of a skateboard park under construction in downtown Des Moines say they have reached their $6.3 million funding goal.

The Lauridsen Skatepark will be the nation’s largest when it’s completed in spring 2020. The 88,000-square-foot skate park is being built on five acres of land between Second Avenue and the Des Moines River.

Recent gifts by the Lauridsen Family Foundation and the state’s Enhance Iowa fund enabled organizers to reach their fundraising goal. Nix and Virginia Lauridsen have donated a total of $1.6 million to the project.

Besides the skate areas, the park will include viewing platforms, handicap accessible walkways, shade structures and landscaping.

Organizers expect about 40,000 skaters a year will use the park. They note skateboarding will be an Olympic sport in 2020.