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Kearney One Step Closer to Building a New Skate Park

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The effort to build a skate park in Kearney's Apollo Park is getting some air.

On Monday the City Council approved around $17,000 to pay a designer to make a plan and design of the park.

Locals we spoke to are ready to see the plan put to action. Right now, heading to a skate park equates to a long drive out of town.

 Skateboarder Jonah Staab, who lives in Kearney, said he has to go to Grand Island or Lexington if he wants to improve his skill. Staab was excited to hear the city's decision.

"We're really glad we're going to see a skate park soon," said Staab.

Staab is part of the group ‘Skatepark For Kearney' which raised more than a $150,000 to build this park. As part of an agreement city council and the organization worked out in the past, the city will match the funds raised by the group.

Local skateboarders aren't the only ones excited for the park's arrival. Council member Randy Buschkoetter believes a little variety, when it comes to activities available in Kearney, would be good for the city.

"Not everyone wants to play baseball, softball, basketball," said Buschkoetter. "This is a great alternative for a lot of folks. I think you will see it grow and get a lot of use and that would be a positive thing."

If the city gives the go ahead for the park, it will be built at Apollo Park between the hockey rink and basketball court. The city can still back out if the price is too high, but Skatepark For Kearney said it will only cost $300,000 and that money is already set aside. 

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