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New Stevensville skatepark to be finished this fall

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The new park is being constructed in the northwest corner of Lewis and Clark Park. (MTN News photo) The new park is being constructed in the northwest corner of Lewis and Clark Park. (MTN News photo)
STEVENSVILLE -

The first skatepark in the mid-Bitterroot Valley will be finished this fall. And backers of the project are hoping to raise a few more thousand dollars to make it an "epic" place to ride.

Construction started this week on the new Stevensville Skatepark, with the project coming together in a little more than six months since the project was approved by the town council. 

That's because of the joint effort of the local backers, along with a lot of help from celebrities like rocker, and native Montanan Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam, and skating legend Tony Hawk.

"Well I think it's the company you keep right? I'm with the Living Center here in Stevensville and the Discovery Care Center in Hamilton. And to have an opportunity to team up with Tony Hawk and Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam to bring the Stevensville Skatepark to maturity is just a heck of an honor right?" said "Lewis & Clark dreambuilder Bill Watkins.

For skaters, the park is a big deal, since there's no facility in the Middle Bitterroot.

"The skatepark is huge to people, just as kids you know, us who have worked for it and those in the future . It gives them somewhere to ride, somewhere to go, somewhere to stay out of trouble, Makes something out of themselves possibly," Rayn Labenske said.

The skaters have been pitching in to help make the park a reality, according to Stevensvilee Town Councilor Jim Crews.

"The kids have come out and done a lot of work to help grow and build funding for this park. This park has had no financial support from the town. It's all the kids, working together as teams and individuals to make the money to put this together. And I think that's been really great in teaching these kids a lot of lessons."

"We're about $65,000 short of our goal of $225,000. We're still going to press on with construction. It just kind of means that we can have a really nice park, or a real epic park. So we really hope the community can step up and get us to our goal. Because it's really about the youth here in Stevensville and the whole surrounding Bitterroot Valley," explained Stevensville Skatepark Committee member Ray Smith.

"Understand there's been no money thrown at this park since 1952 when they built the pool!" Watkins added.

The park will be finished this fall. 

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