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Fundraising for second phase of Pawhuska skate park completed

Fundraising committee now accepting contributions to finish two planned phases of the skate park; Osage Nation among fund donors since 2009 construction
Children enjoy the water park and skate park located in Lynn Park. Osage News File Photo

Fundraising for the second phase of the Pawhuska Skate Park has been completed, according to the entity, which manages the facility’s donated funds.

Mike McCartney, executive director of the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce, said the Make it Happen in Pawhuska Committee raised approximately $30,000 for the second phase of the skate park in Lynn Park. McCartney is co-chairman of the Make it Happen in Pawhuska Committee.

“We could not have done it without the community’s help,” McCartney said. The Osage Nation has contributed several times to the project which was spearheaded by Osage skate park builder Greg Mize in 2009 in addition to local residents also interested in skateboarding.  

The Make it Happen in Pawhuska Committee was awarded a $25,000 grant in 2009 by the Tony Hawk Foundation to help build the skate park. The nonprofit was established in 2002 by its seasoned professional skating namesake to promote and provide funding for high-quality skate parks in low-income areas nationwide, according to its Web site.

McCartney said the committee is now accepting donations to start building a third phase of the skate park, which will be on the north side of the existing structure. The third phase will contain more “street features” including rails and steps when it is built, he said. It will add an additional 2,000 square feet to the existing 5,300 square-foot facility.

There are also plans to add a fourth phase, which would expand the skate park to 10,000 square feet, McCartney said.

The Make it Happen in Pawhuska Committee has received donations from the Nation, which include a 2011 donation for $18,400. It was among six Osage County entities awarded grant funding through the 2011 Osage Nation Community Challenge Grant funding program (approved through an Osage Nation Congress appropriation bill).

Last year, the Nation paid out $105,662, which was divided among the selected entities for the purposes of supporting an active lifestyle among reservation youth, to aid in the prevention of diabetes or other diseases and to support the growth of our communities.