Skate park in need of $5K for construction

Brian Stockman
Staff Writer

As always in Ridgway, Mayor Udarbe leads the way when it comes to helping out organizations with donations and on Thursday showed his altruistic streak again with a donation to the Ridgway Skate Park.
"It was sad to see the last park close when it was a great outlet for the children in the community," Udarbe said, "With the new location and the added safety features this new park promises to be even better."
The new location for the Skate Park is between the high-rise and the community pool on Mill Street.
Gary Gerber of the Ridgway Recreational Authority, has been working on this project for several years. Gerber and other Ridgway residents are endeavoring to open the new skating park in town to replace the one that closed in 2015. Though donations have been generous and keep coming in, the push for the remaining $5,000 is coming down to the wire.
“We’re ready to go, but we’ve got to play the game,” Gerber said.
The new park will sit beside the Lyle G. Hall Community Pool on a piece of property allocated by the borough. Borough Manager Paul McCurdy said the idea was to have something of a recreation area in the center of town.
“We’ve got the pool there, there are the basketball courts there, there’s the Y across the street,” McCurdy said. “It fits well together.”
The park will feature two sections, one for youth and one for teens to adults. The smaller ramps and pipes for newer skaters allow them to hone their skills before attempting the larger part of the park. Gerber said the RRA recently acquired the youth sections in a purchase and it's ready to install once the weather gets a bit better.
“I’m excited. We have a good group of people, we have all kinds of things lined up,” he said. “But I would really like to get started. I’m a worker, I like to work.”
Gerber, whose son, Zack, is a professional BMX rider, commended younger skaters in town for not riding on the street while they wait for the new park to open.
“The kids have been great,” he said.

Shown in the photo are City Manager Paul McCurdy and Gary Gerber accept a donation from Mayor Guillermo Udarbe and Gloria Udarbe for the new Ridgway Skate Park.