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Skate park in the works for Lone Pine

November 21, 2011

Skateboarders of all ages in Lone Pine have teamed up with a group of community volunteers to help plan and raise funds for a new skate park across the street from the high school. Photo courtesy metrocreativeconnection.com

Residents in Lone Pine are working on a new recreational opportunity in their community.
Lynn Bunn, community volunteer and local mover-and-shaker is spearheading an effort to raise funds for the construction of a skate park near the high school in Lone Pine.
Bunn said she has been meeting with community members and local skaters since March, and the group has come up with a solid plan and design and even raised about $2,000 for the project.
“We’ve met, and planned, and tweaked those plans with the skaters,” Bunn said, adding that there have been about 30 youngsters from middle school to high school involved, as well as the older generation of skateboarders.
The skate park will be located on a piece of property behind Lone Pine McDonald’s that was donated to the community for residents’ enjoyment.
Bunn said two deeds, one from the C.D. Begole family, donated in 1871, and one donated by J.C. Morris and Dale Morris in 1922, were combined to provide enough room for any kind of community-based project.
“There are trustees for the property, who have given their consent in writing,” Bunn said. “This property was entrusted for the use, benefit and enjoyment of the community of Lone Pine and the trustees are very excited about it.”
Bunn added that the property is a “perfect” location for a skate park, because it is located in town, directly across the street from the high school, so youngsters will not have to drive to it.
“That property has just been sitting there doing nothing, and I think a lot of people didn’t even realize what it was there for,” Bunn said. “It’s a perfect spot for a skate park.”
Bunn and other community members will be meeting with the American Ramp Company in the next couple weeks to hash out some of the finer details about the park, but a design has already been drawn up.
As proposed, the skate park will be about 10,000 square feet: 80 feet by 125 feet.
The skate park will feature “skate at your own risk” signs, notifying users that the county of Inyo and community of Lone Pine are not liable for any injuries. Bunn cited state law that states that skateboarding is “inherently dangerous” and that “municipalities and its employees can not be held liable,” which means Bunn and her team will not be forced to find funding each year to pay for expensive insurance for the park.
By bypassing insurance, the skate park will be free and open to all.
Bunn is working in conjunction with Healthy Communities of Southern Inyo, and anyone who is interested in donating to the project is asked to send a check to that organization with a note identifying it as funds for the skate park.
In all, the park is expected to cost approximately $300,000.
With $2,000 already raised for the project, Bunn said she is planning more fundraising efforts and will be applying for grants, in addition to money she said she will be putting into the pot out of her own pocket.
She said she hopes to see ground broken on the project some time after the first of the year.
“This is a great project for the community,” she said. “It is a gift to the health and happiness of the community.”

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