BANGOR, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- A group of teenagers in Bangor is working with the Village Board to bring a skate park to the community. The teens first went before the board in November and again Tuesday night.
Back in November the board approved giving the teens the park space and paying to for the cement slab and insurance, but it's up to the kids to raise the money for the ramps.
Two of the teens, Avry and Aidan Hasselberg, attempted to do the project a couple of years ago.
"We started it about two years ago with my grandparents," Avry said. "And everyone was telling us that it wasn't going to happen and it was going to cost too much money and brining us down so we ended up not doing it."
But then Avery and Aidan met Alex DeWall and a few others who like to scooter and skate board and they decided to try again to get a skate park.
"It's a good way to keep kids off the street," Alex said. "We really want this to happen. We want something fun to do without having to travel over to Sparta."
The teens have the support of the Village board and Alex's dad, Michael.
"We thought, man what a great opportunity for the kids that aren't so in to the team sports but still want to stay active," Michael said.
The kids now have a company and a design for the ramps and are beginning to brainstorm fundraising ideas.
"We are trying to get fundraising done. We're trying to get to $25,000," Alex said.
Another teen working on the project said their success so far, comes form working together.
"It's fun because it shows what we can do together," said Josh Koehler.
For now, the kids board where the village allows, anxious for a designated place for them to practice their sport.
At Tuesday's meeting, the board agreed to help the boys find ways to fundraiser and get in touch with a grant writer. They also approved a motion to pour the cement this summer. So even if they ramps are in, the kids have a designated flat area to board on.
If you want to help in the fundraising efforts you can contact Michael DeWall at 608-385-4112.
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