Friday, May 25, 2012
A group of Hesston skateboarders are proof that hard work pays off and makes dreams come true. The young skaters petitioned the city to build a skate park a few months ago.
They knew they wanted a skate park, but instead of just wishing for one they came up with a plan. First, Nick Anderson created a Power point presentation.
“Just positives about having a skate park in Hesston pretty much,” Anderon said.
“All the things besides it just being an activity that skaters can do, all the other reasons it can help out the community,” Hesston skateboarer Landon Wedel said.
Then in January, Nick, Landon and several of their friends presented it to city council.
"I didn't think they'd take us seriously. We're just a bunch of teenagers with skateboards,” Anderson said.
Not only did they take the group seriously, city leaders say they were blown away.
"I'd never seen it done as well in nearly 30 years in public service, so that was unique,” Hesston's City Administrator John Carder said.
The city got right to work on the park and the group of teen skaters even helped with the design.
"For me, I just love it that they can see something happen, that you can make something happen,” Nick's mom Jean Anderson said.
The group hasn't wasted any time testing out the park they dreamed up. They say the best part has been watching Hesston's skating community start to grow.
The city administrator says that not only did they finish under their $60,000 budget, they also made their deadline. They wanted to finish before school let out so the kids could skate all summer long.