Concrete WRAPPING UP A Christmas

December 1, 2007 | By More

Christmas came early for Russellville skateboarders this year as California Skateparks put the final touches on the City of Russellville’s Skateboard Park at the end of November. The park, located just east of USA Drug and Kroger on West Main Street, has been built on the site of property donated to the city of Russellville in 1926 by William E. and Katharine Harmon of New York.

Because of the efforts of so many, Christmas break will be filled with the sound of swishing boards and the overwhelming gratitude of skateboarders and parents alike.

After an extensive three-year fund raising campaign, the dream has become a reality. The City of Russellville has a premiere skateboard park designed by Wally Hollyday of Wally Hollyday Design.

A construction team from California Skateparks began work in late September. The crew that came to Russellville is some of the best in the businesses. Besides building parks all over the United States, this group was also involved with the construction of Tony Hawk’s personal skateboard park in his backyard. California Skateparks has constructed parks as large as 70,000 square feet and as small as 2,500 square feet in 28 of the 50 United States.

A grant of $25,000 from the Tony Hawk Foundation, along with a grant of $70,000 from the State of Arkansas, went a long way in the culmination of this park.

Russellville’s park is a tremendous accomplishment that could not have been achieved without the support of the community including: Pope County Community Foundation, Junior Auxiliary of Russellville, Youth Advisory Council, Advertising and Promotion Commission, Arkansas State Troopers Association, AMVETS, First Assembly of God Russellville, First Freewill Baptist Russellville, and Interact.

Political leaders also played a remarkable roll. They include Pope County Judge Jim Ed Gibson, Justice of the Peace Madelyn Ginsberg, State Representative Michael Lamoureux, State Senator Sharon Trusty, Governor Mike Huckabee, former Mayor Raye Turner, Mayor Tyrone Williamson, City Council Members Paul Gray, Andrea Lea, Robert Wiley, Ronnie Tripp, Randall Crouch, Cliff Kirchner, Faye Abernathy and Rick Harrell.

Area businesses gave generously of their time and resources. Many thanks go to Duffield Gravel Co., Sterling Steel Division of CNP Inc., Mobley Concrete Co., The Courier, Springston Hauling, National Home Centers Inc., Bibler Brothers Lumber Co., Waste Management, Bruce-Rogers Company, The Skate Shop, McDonald’s Allen Alliance, Domino’s Pizza, Arkansas Orthopedic Center, Happy Campers Preschool and Nursery, Peter’s Family Living, First Arkansas Valley Bank, Medical Office Supply, Bubbus Inc., Razorback Video, Arvest Bank, St. Mary’s Hospital, Tyson Foods, Dewayne’s Bar-B-Q & Grill, Coke-A-Cola of Morrilton, Sugar Creek Yogurt, County Joe’s Bar-B-Q, VIP Awards, The Water Store, Allen Canning, A-Whole-Lot-of-Fun Inflatable Games, Kroger, Ellison Enterprises, Sonic, Bates Distributing, Price Milling Co., Air Gas, System Chemical, Skelton & Clark Law Firm, Drs. Johnston & Richardson DDS, CenturyTel, First State Bank, Cogswell Motors, Little Caesar’s, Shinn Funeral Home, Davis Realty, The Frame Shop, Dalton King Packaging, Simmons Bank, Noto Chiropractic, Jana Shores Inc., TCPC Inc., and Papa John’s Pizza.

Individuals throughout the community made donations as well, ranging from small change to amounts over $2,000. Every contribution worked together to make a difference for Russellville’s children and youth.

A special note of thanks goes to the Harmon Foundation. Harmon Park, where the skateboard park is located, was a donation to the City of Russellville in 1926 by William E. Harmon of New York. This donation was made under the condition that this land would be used for the recreation of Russellville’s youth in perpetuity. In a desire to continue that goal, the Harmon

Foundation awarded a $2,000 grant toward the construction of the skateboard park. “This will be the nicest skatepark in Arkansas and maybe even in the whole southeastern United States,” said Russellville Recreation and Parks Director Mack Hollis.


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