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Skatepark Seeks Kickstarter Help

Brian Sheridan

Ramps from the old YMCA Skate Park are being repurposed for the new indoor Urban Roots Skate Park on Louis Avenue on Eau Claire’s north side.
Ramps from the old YMCA Skate Park have been repurposed for the new indoor Urban Roots Skate Park on Louis Avenue on Eau Claire’s north side.

After officially opening doors and ramps on Feb. 5, Urban Roots Skatepark has been doing its best to provide a place for skaters to gather and perform radical tricks among their fellow brethren. Now that owner Christian Peterson has filled the region’s need for an indoor skatepark, he’s looking to return all profits back to the skating community for future upgrades and a potential outdoor skatepark. Unfortunately, he’s struggling to stay afloat. With the construction of the ramps complete, it’s now become a matter of bringing the former warehouse (3110 Louis Ave. on Eau Claire’s north side) up to code, which will be more costly than first expected. As a way to raise funds for the park, Peterson has started a Kickstarter campaign to cover the cost of the repairs. The campaign has a goal of $25,000 and will end March 27. To learn more, go to the park's page on Kickstarter.com.