Sunday, March 29, 2015

A New Skateboard Park in West Allis

Radtke Park has a new skatepark installed
Last November a much anticipated skate park opened in West Allis at the northeast corner of National and 84th Street.  Because it snowed the day after the ribbon cutting, I just visited it this weekend.  They had hoped to build it sooner, but the original design ended up costing much more than they thought it would.  I've been following the project via their Facebook page, which is a closed group one can join to enter the discussion.  The snow and cold weather haven't stopped enthusiastic young people from using it all winter.  They even brought shovels from home to clear the snow.

I spoke with a few, of the nearly 40 people enjoying the park, about their thoughts.  It's very popular with a mix of all ages.  They seemed very pleased with the park and its layout.  It seemed crowded for a cool spring day, so that could be a problem as weather warms up and kids get out of school for summer. It's a good indicator that if more of these were built, they would be used.  There was also a variety of users- bikes, skateboards, and even scooters.  It was fun to watch them in action, but a few times there were nail biting near misses.  Users have to be really observant and watch out for the younger kids.  I'll just leave you with a few photos but encourage you to check it out, even if you're not a skater.  It's fun to watch these talented people in action.  For other skate parks in our area, check out my previous post which includes Estabrook and Oak Creek.

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