POMEROY — The earth rumbled as the bulldozer began to clear out one of the bowls at Pomeroy’s newest addition.
A skate park.
Brewce Martin, of Rutland, created Skatopia, an 80-acre skate park near Rutland. Martin also helped create the Racine Skatepark, which he said has been a success.
And now, thanks a call from Pomeroy Mayor Jackie Welker, Martin is helping to make the skatepark dream come true by serving as a designer.
Welker said the dream for a Pomeroy skate park began several years ago when the village first started seeking funds for the project, and now he’s excited to see it become a reality.
“I’m very happy that it’s starting,” he said. “It’s my hope that village council will continue to source funding to provide for this project and other recreational projects for all of our residents.”
Martin said he and Welker worked together to draw out what the park will look like, and Welker said the park has been designed so that other phases can be added on at a later time. Currently, those helping to create the park are attempting to work around a storm drain, but said that they’ve redesigned the park so that it can still be feasible. Martin said that no one need worry, and that the basketball courts will remain in the area as well, providing plenty of recreation to those who want to visit.
He said he’s shooting for an end date of Nov. 1, and that he’s excited because, in the end, it’s for the youth of the community.
“The only thing that really matters here is that were trying to give kids something to do besides drugs, (including) heroin and pharmaceuticals,” he said. “There are so many people that don’t care about their lives, and I want them to get educated, make choices and believe in themselves. That’s what life’s about.”
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