'Choice' skate park finally opens

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By Jennifer Garcia

Anticipation was high and adrenaline was all but seeping from the pores of the young spectators as they stood anxiously waiting for the ribbon cutting of the new skate park to be completed.

After the speeches were delivered by council members and county officials, 16-year-old Elliot Marcille gave the green light when he yelled, “All right, everybody, we’ve waited a long time for this skate park. So tear it up!”

As if on cue, skateboarders and rollerbladers gathered in groups and began breaking in the new concrete. Dozens of children of varying ages gathered in front of Mesa Public Library in anticipation of the skate park opening.

Before the ribbon-cutting, Los Alamos Police Department Detective Doug Johnson gave away some helmets, to encourage safe skating practices.

For some kids, like Marcille, who has been following the project for approximately four years, the skate park was a dream come true. Council Chair Jim Hall, Vice Chair Robert Gibson, Councilor Ken Milder, Councilor Frances Berting and Councilor Michael Wheeler were present at the ribbon cutting.

“It’s a great day, we did it,” Berting said of the ribbon cutting. “I think the kids are happy and we’re happy with the turnout. It’s amazing,” she said.

Wheeler agreed with Berting.

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