Joplin City Council members propose bright idea for skate park - KOAM TV 7

Joplin City Council members propose bright idea for skate park

Skate park at Ewert Park Skate park at Ewert Park
Lights at Schifferdecker Park Lights at Schifferdecker Park
Joplin, MO - Joplin City Council members are looking at updating a new park that officially opened to the public last weekend.  There are plans to capitalize what's already become a popular spot to socialize and just have fun.

An addition to Joplin's Ewert Park, a new skate park, has apparently been something worth rolling toward.

"This park is the best thing Joplin has had in a long time," says Jerelle Hicks.

23-year-old Hicks says the new skate board park is a regional attraction among fellow skate boarders and bmxers.

"I see faces that I haven't seen, ever.  All the time, too.  All my friends coming from Kansas City, Pittsburg and stuff," says Hicks.

City Council members say they've been surprised at the park's popularity.

"The attendance might be less because it's not around any housing," says City Councilman Bill Scearce.

But really, park patrons say they skate and bike until there's no more light.

"The place will be packed until you can't see anymore," says Hicks.

So there's a few light bulbs going off in the heads of city council members.

"Citizens pay taxes to municipalities so that they can have those kinds of facilities," says Scearce.

...The kinds of facilities that don't necessarily make money, but add to the quality of life.

"To have lights out here would be awesome," says Hicks.

City officials are looking at transferring lights from old tennis courts at Schifferdecker Park to the skate park at Ewert Park.

"It would be an excellent choice," says Scearce.

"Closest you get to crime here are kids running into each other.  Everyone seems to be pretty focused on the park," says Hicks.

Hicks and his friends say lights or no lights at the park, they're already grateful to have a place to hang loose.

The plans for these new lights are just being talked about right now, so there's no word yet on any associated costs.  City council members say there's already wiring installed for the new lights.


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