|Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
A new skateboard park is available for use in the South Post Housing
Area at Fort McCoy.
Youth residents of South Post
enjoy an afternoon of fun at the newly relocated South Post
The new facility is located near Patriot Park, a recreational
playground. Sherry Oslie, Fort McCoy Housing Management specialist, said
the new facility was constructed because the old facility was closed to
make way for new housing construction.
The first skateboard park was built as the result of an Army Family
Action Plan request, she said.
“The youth in the area like it because it is a place they can go outside
and exercise,” Oslie said. “Parents like it because it is a safe,
off-street location, which keeps youth out of congested areas.”
The new skateboard park also is near the community center, the
recreation storage facility, and the tennis courts.
Rochelle Massengale, a Family member who lives in the South Post area,
said the facility is convenient for her two children.
“It’s nice to have it so close to the housing,” Massengale said. “The
children can get to it, and I know where they are so I can monitor them.
It’s also a good place to get them away from television, video games and
computers. It will be something they can do all summer long.”
Adam Foster, 14, said he liked having the skateboard park nearby because
it is close enough to walk to or to be dropped off at, and it is a place
to go to when he has nothing else to do.
“All you really need is a skateboard and a helmet to use the facility,”
Foster said. Skateboards don’t have to be expensive.
Nick Decicco, 10, said he liked having the option of going to the
skateboard park and participating in a physical activity.
“I like to come here and to be able to play with my friends,” he said.
South Post housing residents and their guests are eligible to use the
facility, Oslie said.