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Elks Lodge spruces up Homer's skate park

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Homer’s skateboarders can now ride in style. That’s because members of the Homer Elks Lodge and a handful of volunteers spent hours Saturday refurbishing the Homer Education and Recreation Complex’s skate park.

Elks Lodge member Dylan Weiser said the park needed some attention

"The paint had been chipping, some of the asphalt had sunk down a little bit which created a little bit of a danger when you're trying to get up and down the ramps there," he said. "So the first step was cleaning off some of the old paint, and then getting fresh paint on the decks and the sides. Then we are also going to come through with a little chip crete and asphalt to smooth things out." 

The volunteers finished sprucing up most of the park on Saturday but stopped short because of the rain. They plan to complete the last part of the project this upcoming weekend.

Weiser added that the project was made possible by a $2,000 grant from the Elks National Foundation.

"Really we just hope kids get to enjoy it, that’s the ultimate goal," he said. "I think driving by and just seeing kids skating and having fun is the reward that we're looking for." 

The group used quick drying paint on the ramps and the park is ready to use. If you’re interested in helping complete the project on Saturday, you can reach Weiser at 907-299-1152.  

Renee joined KBBI in 2017 as a general assignment reporter and host. Her work has appeared on such shows as Weekend Edition Saturday, The World, Marketplace and Studio 360. Renee previously interned as a reporter for KPCC in Los Angeles and as a producer for Stateside at Michigan Radio. Her work has earned her numerous press club awards. She holds an M.S. in journalism from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in women's studies from the University of Michigan.
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