The rain didn’t dampen the spirits of over 100 people who attended the grand opening ceremony for the James B. Tedesco Skatepark. City Manager Dave Martin, Mayor Jim Adams and Nate Lyons from the Fort Scott Skate Park Committee spoke.
Mr. Martin said that last year the city had some money left in the parks budget and asked the commissioners if they could use that toward the skate park. The commissioners agreed and around Christmas, Mr. Adams called to say that someone was willing to donate $25,000 to the project to help get it built.
The donor was Steve Tedesco who owns Running Fox Petroleum which has a number of wells in the Fort Scott area. The Skatepark is named after his late brother James.
Mr. Martin encouraged the city’s youth to take care of the facilities.
After the ribbon cutting, Evan Dohtery did a skateboarding demonstration. Evan is a very talented skater from the Kansas City area. You can see some videos of him skating in other places here.
A box of helmets was donated by the Tony Hawk Foundation and they were being handed out to youngsters who didn’t have any head protection.
There are over 100 pictures from the event shown below. If you click on one of the thumbnails you can view the full image. Clicking on the full size image will take you to the next image in the slide show.