Berea Officially Opens Park Expansion and Skate Park

Berea officially opens the much anticipated City Park expansion featuring a modern Skate Park.  Many were in attendance today as the Berea Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony started off the afternoon of fun and food. Maggy Kriebel, Director of Berea Parks and Recreation, was on hand to organize and manage the event.  I was particularly impressed with Maggy’s obvious rapport with youth that came to celebrate the opening.

Maggie Kriebel with participants
Maggie Kriebel, Director Berea Parks

When  Ms. Kriebel annonced the event was about to begin I thought to myself it will take a while to turn the chaos of what is a skate park into an organized effort, but the minute she called out the participants were drawn to her attentively focused. Maggie then proceeded to explain that this park belongs to you, the skaters,  as citizens of Berea turning ownership of the day over to these inspired youth.  I don’t know how you do it Maggie, but cudos!

Mayor Steve Connelly on the Mic
Mayor Steve Connelly Officiates

The Mayor, Steve Connelly,  officiated the event thanking all those in attendance and all those responsible for this day.  Several other dignitaries were present along with some honored guest.  The Berea City Council was proudly represented by Greg Lakes, Ronnie Terrill and Troy VanWinkle.  I was surprised by such a low turnout of council members, but then it did occur to me that this is summer vacation time for many busy families.  Magistrate Larry Combs made an appearance as did the County Clerk hopeful, Democratic Candidate Lisa Davis.

Randy Stone and Donna Angel
Randy Stone and Donna Angel

The city was also represented by City Administrator Randy Stone and  Magnificent Maggie Kriebel.  (Attend one Council meeting when she speaks and you’ll understand the name.  No one can fake that much enthusiasm.)  Other honored guest included the Berea Chamber of Commerce Director David Rowlette, Donna Angel of Community Trust Bank and project visionaries Dr. Emogene Hogg-Hartman and her husband Jim Hartman who have been pushing for this park for fifteen years.

Emogene Hogg-Hartman
Dr. Emogene Hogg-Hartman

Kyle Sowers provided sound services for the event, adding music to the already fun day.  Free hot dogs and cold water were offered to all in attendance as well.   The park itself was designed and built by Spohn Ranch out of Los Angeles, CA.  The skate park installation took three days to complete and opened to the public on March 17, 2010.  Spohn Ranch is the famed builder of the X-Games and have built more than 450 skake parks across the United States.  Using the latest in skate park design the skate park elements were brought in by truck and set by crane into place.

Nice Ramp
Berea Skate Park

The Parks features include:

  • Quarter Pipe with Guardrail
  • Speedramp
  • Funbox with filled Corners, Stairs and Grind Rail
  • Parking Grind Curb
  • L.A. High wall with brick texture
  • Manual Pad
  • Curved grind edge
  • Taco Grind Rail
  • Raked Grind Rail

All in all this was a city gathering at its best with a focus on our greatest asset,  our youth.

Be sure to checkout the BereaOnline Picture Story of the Park opening as well.

Story and Photos by Chad Hembree
Special Thanks to Rhonda McIntyre

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