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Skatepark evolves into K-Town Plaza
Do you wonder what is happening with the skate park project?
The K-Town Plaza Committee is excited to announce that the concept has matured into a better idea than our original plan.
As we talked to the youth in Kanab, we learned they need a “Place!” We conducted an informal survey and the students expressed that sometimes they feel ostracized at the city park, on city streets or parking lots, and the schools wish they weren’t playing El-ball on the outside elementary school basketball courts. We came up with the concept the K-Town Plaza as a low maintenance, free usage, outdoor venue for them. It will still have a skate park for the skaters and bikers, but will also incorporate a place for basketball, tables and benches, a raised stage area for dances or concerts, and a fire pit to sit around and talk. Groups could use it for parties, scouting, three on three tournaments, or other community events.
This venue would round out our present park facilities and give our teenagers a place. The location approved by the city council is the empty lot at Main and 405 North (west of the swimming pool and east of the Southwest Health Department building).
At the beginning of this process we wanted to concentrate on raising some “seed” money locally in order to prove community support when we apply for grants. We really appreciate the students who worked to earn money by having a yard sale, scrap metal drive, community art show, car wash and skate competitions. They also helped label the jars that we placed in local businesses.
We truly appreciate the support of our business owners and the individual community members who have donated. We have raised $35,000 so far, plus the donation of the property by Kanab City.
We are currently applying for grants to raise additional money.
We are also issuing a challenge to KHS Alumni to give back to K-Town by donating at least $1000 per graduating class to help build K-Town Plaza. We want to create a place where teens can gather, get some exercise and not get in trouble.
You can make a tax-deductible donation with several donation levels on www.polarengraving.com/Ktownplaza" onclick="dpSmartLink(this.href,'blankWin',0,0,'z:z','all');return document.MM_returnValue">www.polarengraving.com/Ktownplaza and we will have a brick placed in the park with your name, logo or quote.
You can also make a donation directly to the Kanab City Office. Checks can be made out to Kanab City/K-Town Plaza, and it will be put in a designated fund for this project. We will send you a receipt that you can use for tax purposes.
The city contracted with Grindline, a professional skate park design company, to design our park. You can see the concept designed by Josh Baird and his KHS students below. This will change as we go through the design process with a professional designer, but it incorporates the ideas and desires of our local youth.
The design company will begin meeting with local officials, youth and parents to develop our wish list on Tuesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the KHS Library.
Our plan is to raise the money needed to build the teen plaza/skate park, and begin construction as soon as possible. We will need many volunteers to make this dream a reality. Some will need to know Instagram and Facebook to help us reach out to KHS Alumni for the brick campaign. Some will help organize and present a concert series and others could help with grant writing. This will happen much sooner with the help that Kanab has always given for worthwhile projects.
Please call Cheryl Brown 435-644-2149, Karen Kelly 435-689-0374 or Josh Baird (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know how you can help. Many hands make light work.
You can visit www.ktownplaza.org to see a video and take a survey about this project.
You can go to www.polarengraving.com/Ktownplaza to make a donation and bring this project to faster completion.