Skateboarders pitch new Dayton’s Bluff skate park

A coalition of skateboarders and parents are advocating for a new skate park by the Dayton’s Bluff Community Center on Conway Street.

Members of the nonprofit organization City of Skate plan to participate in a community meeting at the rec center at 6 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the proposal, which would repurpose an underused tennis court for seasonal skating. The meeting will be hosted by St. Paul Parks and Recreation.

St. Paul maintains six city-designated skateboarding sites, but other than a new half-pipe ramp at Battle Creek Regional Park, the East Side has no skate park amenities, said Council Member Jane Prince. “I’m totally on board,” Prince said. “I’ve offered to help find funds. The East Side needs a skatepark.”

Among potential funding sources, City of Skate plans to lobby the Legislature for $19 million in statewide skate park funding during “Skatepark Advocacy Day” at the Minnesota State Capitol, scheduled from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on March 30.

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