Community celebrates new skate park
Snipping a ribbon Friday afternoon was the last step remaining to finalize the Waynesville Skate Park, which has been in the works for several years.
During the ceremony, Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown greeted the crowd, and told a brief history of how the $400,000 park came to be after many years of planning.
"We are gathered here for a day that doesn't come very often," Brown said, adding that longtime Waynesville alderman Gary Caldwell had been one of the most instrumental people in pushing the project forward.Caldwell was the first to suggest the idea of a skatepark in 1998.
"Without people like Gary, this would never have happened," Brown said.
Jane Harrison, who serves on the Elaine Kuhl Volunteer Center Advisory Council, cut the ribbon. Harrison was also a big advocate for the skate park and ensured the skate park was going to be built after Kuhl became ill.
Harrison acknowledged members of the community like Jared Lee who also lend a hand in the park plans. Lee is a resident of Maggie Valley and has been skateboarding for 15 years.
"I did get an awesome from Jared during the first week (it was finished), so I took that as an approval," Harrison said with a laugh.
Donated skateboarding item were also given out to the local skateboarders following the ceremony