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May 27, 2011  

Leisure

New South Post Skateboard Park location convenient for Family Housing residents

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.
PHOTO: Youth residents of South Post enjoy an afternoon of fun at the newly relocated South Post Skateboard Park. Photo by Rob Schuette
Youth residents of South Post enjoy an afternoon of fun at the newly relocated South Post Skateboard Park.

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.

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