Landstuhl opens new skate park

Christine June
415th Base Support Battalion

***image1***Landstuhl skateboarders will soon be able to walk to their very own skate park instead of asking mom or dad to drive them to Ramstein or Vogelweh.

The Landstuhl Skate Park’s grand opening is 3 p.m. Aug. 5 at the park located by the 415th Base Support Battalion Landstuhl Middle School and Teen Center, Bldg. 3819 on Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

“The park will be like no other that you have seen before,” said Steven Pelletier, 415th BSB Child and Youth Services chief. “About 12 youths were involved with the planning of the park so the equipment we selected was based upon their input.”

He said the park will showcase $16,343 of equipment, but it will not have huge half-pipes.

“The youths were much more interested in having obstacles such as rails, ramps and curbs,” he said. “Initially, there will be seven such obstacles.”

The 415th BSB youth services are planning to purchase an additional $20,000 of equipment once they receive additional funding, according to Mr. Pelletier.

“As the youths become proficient with the equipment in the park, we will have the flexibility to change the design to keep it interesting,” he said.

The park will also serve as an area for youths to conduct other fitness activities such as a basketball area where they can play half-court games, according to Mr. Pelletier.

Skaters must be registered with the 415th BSB youth services to use the park. Other rules and safety requirements are posted on the fence surrounding the 25-by-25-meter park.

The skate park will be open the same hours as the teen center: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday during the summer; and 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 3 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday during the school year.

To register, call the 415th BSB Central Enrollment Office, Bldg. 2898 on Pulaski Barracks, at 489-6142. For more information on the park, call the teen center at 486-8658.