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Freshly planted trees can be viewed at the Fort Hall Skate Park. (Alexandria Alvarez photo)
New trees & grass enhance Skate Park
FORT HALL — Thanks to a $9,800 Nicholas Ifft Foundation grant, improvements are being made to the Fort Hall Skate Park.
Fort Hall Recreation Director Mike "Sak" Sakelaris said the grant was used to purchase 100 plants including junipers, lilacs, chokecherries, hybrid poplars and three huge shade trees. Brent Cornforth, a contractor from Aberdeen supplied the trees, placed the drip system in, and planted them May 9 and 10.
Sak said the biggest difference is there is now grass and after the grass takes root and starts really growing, “We’re going to apply for another grant to build picnic tables and a shelter for parents who want to come out and watch their kids skate.”
The skate park has been utilized all winter and often the kids were out there shoveling the snow.
“I went to go check on the drip system today and ran into a kid from California who was skating there. Kids come down from even Idaho Falls and have made comments that Fort Hall’s Skate Park is one of the better ones for kids to go to in the area,” Sakelaris continued. “And we are happy that the kids are really taking care of the area, and taking pride in what was built.”
He added they are also looking to community members to see if they would like to donate shade trees in memory of loved ones to plant them at the skate park.
Mike concluded that Alice Kane should receive the credit for being an instrumental player in writing and submitting the grant.